Advice from the Lights by Stephen Burt

Advice from the Lights

Stephen is sometimes Stephanie and sometimes wonders how his past and her past are their own collective memoryAdvice from the Lights is a brilliant and candid exploration of gender and identity and a series of looks at a formative past. It's part nostalgia, part confusion, and part an ongoing wondering: How do any of us achieve adulthood? And why would we want to, if we ha...

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Advice from the Lights Reviews

  • Darrel

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and consider myself fortunate for it. I found the poetry within the pages here to be frank, ingenuous and endearing, nostalgic and agreeably tender. The poems in this collection reflect an exploration of how (often asking when) do we attain adulthood and more subtlety at what point do we become aware that we have. By all appearances the poetry seems to have been arranged chronologically which is a benefit to reading this collection. Several of

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and consider myself fortunate for it. I found the poetry within the pages here to be frank, ingenuous and endearing, nostalgic and agreeably tender. The poems in this collection reflect an exploration of how (often asking when) do we attain adulthood and more subtlety at what point do we become aware that we have. By all appearances the poetry seems to have been arranged chronologically which is a benefit to reading this collection. Several of the poems are titled indicating the year that it is reflecting on (My 1979, My 1980, etc.) while a few other titles instantly inform what the poem's stanzas are written about (The Cars' Greatest Hits). Many have a personal nature to them, helping us to both understand the theme of the collection as well as reveal much about the poet (and their childhood/immediate past) to aid us in articulating the deeper meaning being conveyed here. I felt that it reads like a smooth flowing life-narrative actually.

    I very much liked quite a number of the poems here, with a handful of them containing lines of verse that immediately took hold of me, inspiring me to make notes in the margins so I could be certain to enjoy them once again when I return to the book. 'Advice From The Lights' is a collection of poetry that is well worth the time to read - especially for those of us readers who include poetry as a regular part of their reading routine. This is one that is not to missed.

  • Ashley

    I appreciate the perspective and some lines really spoke to me. I didn't resonate with some of the subject interests but I like the writing - especially Stephanie :)

  • R.K. Cowles

    A goodreads giveaway. A few poems were good. A few others has 2-4 good lines but the rest of the lines seems to me out of place. And the other poems I couldn't get into.

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