i was scared that when this book came out i would no longer be taken ‘seriously’ as a poet (even tho i’m not really sure what that means) (and there are a lot of poets who are taken seriously of whom i am like eh) (but i guess i was just looking for a way to not enjoy the process, because i’m scared that if i am happy about something then it could be taken away so it is safer to be scared bc then you at least have the illusion of control and preparedness ). nonetheless, the media seems to like the book–not sure yet about the poets–so here is that dopamine:

Elle // profile 

New York Magazine // interview

Vanity Fair // profile 

The Fader // interview

GQ // interview

Dazed // interview

The Onion AV Club // review

The Globe & Mail // review

Salon // interview

The New Yorker // thing

The Philadelphia Inquirer // interview

The National Post // interview

Lenny Letter // review

Complex // interview

I-D // interview

Nylon // review

Nylon // interview

Huffington Post // review

Rookie // review

Yahoo // interview

xoJane // profile

Ploughshares // review

Examiner // interview

KCRW // interview

 

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The SO SAD TODAY book trailer is live. For the backstory–including details of my ideal cremation urn–check out this piece on Nylon.

Also, I did a thing about music with NPR. I kind of feel like if I was someone reading the piece I’d be like ‘why do I care what she thinks about music?’ but it was fun to talk about my fav rap radio stations in LA. Shouts out to Real 92.3, 93.5 KDAY and Power 106: Where Hip Hop Lives.

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when i was 19 i went thru a breakup, smoked weed all day, got into ‘crafting’, gained 20 lbs on fake cheese product and studied astrology.

now i’m doing a monthly horoscope column for Lenny Letter.

Jimmy Kimmel talked to Lena Dunham about the column [minute 1:30 // insane]. shoutout to Aunt Carol for calling and being like ‘yo u were on Jimmy Kimmel.’

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I am very fucking excited to say that my fourth book of poems, which is called LAST SEXT, will be published by Tin House next Summer.

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MY PARENTS NAMED ME MELISSA.

I NAMED MYSELF SO SAD TODAY.

SO SAD TODAY IS ME AND SHE IS NOT ME.

I CREATED SO SAD TODAY, BECAUSE I DID NOT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO TO BE OKAY.

SHE WAS BORN OUT OF AN EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL AND PSYCHIC DARKNESS.

SHE REFLECTS MY DESIRE TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS IN AN ESSENTIAL WAY, UNDERNEATH THE SOCIAL, PROFESSIONAL AND CULTURAL MASKS I FEEL I MUST WEAR  IN THE WORLD SO AS TO BE PERCEIVED AS OKAY.

AND YET, LIKE ALL INTERNET PERSONAE, SHE TOO IS A MASK.

I LOVE HER.

HERE IS SO SAD TODAY.

HERE IS THE COLUMN I WRITE AT VICE AS SO SAD TODAY.

HERE IS AN ARTICLE IN ROLLING STONE ABOUT MY COMING OUT AS SO SAD TODAY, AND THE BOOK OF PERSONAL ESSAYS THAT WILL BE PUBLISHED BY GRAND CENTRAL / HACHETTE IN MARCH 2016.

HERE AT PAPER AND HERE AT THE AWL ARE TWO GOOD INTERVIEWS WITH SO SAD TODAY.

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Over a series of insomniac nights, I wrote a collection of poems inspired by the Oneohtrix Point Never album R Plus Seven. For every track on the album, there is a poem. These aren’t lyrics. Simply, they are words that translate the feels I encountered in experiencing each track. Words are all I have. As much as I am often scared of my feels in waking life, I love and embrace them in poetrylife. You might call the process audio ekphrasis.

The collection is now this week’s first look at Rhizome / The New Museum. What this means is the collection has taken over the Rhizome.org homepage for the week via a New Museum series. (i think?)

The collection will live permanently on NewHive, which is the tool I used to assemble the poems so that each text has the corresponding audio embedded.

Coverage at Fact and Dazed.

Thanks to curator Harry Burke.

OPN 4ever.

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I have 3 poems in the new issue of Tin House (but you have to buy it to read them) (but I still thought it was worth saying, because it’s Tin House) (have infiltrated the system).

Weird Sister interviewed me about being a witch (they thought they were interviewing me about being a feminist).

2 new poems at Third Rail Quarterly about being at war w mother nature + avenging my spirit. 1 2

One of my poems abt a hot boy at a wedding w a tongue piercing / suicidal ideation will be in a teen anthology from Viking in 2015 and they have a Tumblr interviewing all of the poets in that anthology. Here is my interview.

I’m a Rhizome First Look poet this month. Will update when the piece is live March 30.

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I have three poems in the December issue of POETRY magazine and am on the cover :) .

You can read the poems online:

Like a Real Flame

Lunar Shatters

Salt

Or hear me read them here.

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I can hold back till I’m dead.

Then I get to hump the light.

I will be so good at dead.

No grey room to frighten me.

Only the end of all the stale colors.

Everything become all the colors.

Watch me fucking the light.

Me licking light from my fingers.

Me with the light in my ass.

Me saying more and the light saying yes.

Me finding out what I always knew.

Which is what I know now but cannot remember.

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New poem involving snakes is poem of the day at the poetry foundation.

New poems involving vomit at the volta.

New poems involving vomit at powderkeg.

Rad review of SCARECRONE at fanzine.

Pitchfork interviewed me about a multimedia mixtape i curated.

Hello giggles talks about my twitter.

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I’m a Virgo with a Scorpio moon and Sag rising.

SCARECRONE was the July book at Emily Books, so if you want it as an ebook you can get it there.

Laia Garcia interviewed me at Emily Books about anxiety, the problem of reality, teenhood…

Monica McClure’s dope preface to the ebook was featured at The Poetry Foundation blog.

Poem from The Iowa Review and SCARECRONE is up at The Iowa Review site.

Did an interview with Splitsider about existential tweeting.

Wrote about buying into an endless Summer of youth (I want it!) at Lemonhound.

 

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I don’t want to be anything not even a poet, just trembles.

The way you get a poet to love you is be a ghost.

One ghost did this for me.

I rotted so hard in my wetness that I turned into a ghost myself.

But I remained a poet at heart.

That was my big mistake.

Oh god of ghosts and corporeal forms.

Help me torch my heart.

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HERE IS AN E-CHAPBOOK I MADE OF 13 NEW POEMS COMMISSIONED BY NEWHIVE

HERE IS WHAT THE MAGICK DENNIS COOPER POSTED ABOUT SCARECRONE

HOW IS YR IMAGINATION?

MINE IS GOOD

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New poem at PEN called LAST SEXT.

New poem at Typo called LUNAR WIDOW.

New poem in the new issue of The Iowa Review w/ a cracked mirror on the cover, but it’s not online. #legit

Three new poems in first issue of Glittermob.

I read some poems from SCARECRONE for Huffington Post in my dark yard in Venice, or u can just watch the vid on YouTube.

Guillaume Morissette wrote deep into SCARECRONE + Spencer Madsen’s You Can Make Anything Sad at On Metatron. #canada

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Why did you come to the light?

Because I was hurt.

How did you get hurt?

Chasing another light.

In what way did the light hurt you?

It left me.

How did it leave you?

It was attached to a body.

Will this light hurt you?

No it is so bright.

Was the other light bright?

Even brighter.

What is different about this light?

This light is real.

Was the other light fake?

No.

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Shane Jones interviewed me about my relationship w food at The Believer and I was honest.

Dazed says I’m a literary rebel.

Cool lil review of Scarecrone at Paper by Gabby Bess.

New poem + giant pic of my mug at Flavorwire.

Interview about…poetry at Entropy.

Cool lil review of Scarecrone at Bookish.

Shoutout to my twitter at Shelf Awareness.

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How much longer will you write about love?

Till it’s over.

This is not really love you know that.

I know nothing.

Fill your mind with flowers instead of boys.

Boys are flowers.

Let’s not be drugs for each other let’s be deeper.

Why bother?

There is no such thing as rescue.

Rescue me.

There is no such thing as rescue.

Rescue me.

On the other side of bodies is what?

The empty.

Cease fighting everyone and everything.

Die in me.

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Last Sext

LAST SEXT

So Sad Today

SO SAD TODAY

"What separates Broder from her confessional cohort...is that she doesn’t seem to be out to shock, but to survive."
–Elle

"Broder presents a dizzying array of intimate dispatches and confessions…She has a near-supernatural ability to not only lay bare her darkest secrets, but to festoon those secrets with jokes, subterfuge, deep shame, bravado, and poetic turns of phrase."
–New York Magazine

"A triumph of unsettlingly relatable prose."
–Vanity Fair

"Her writing is deeply personal, sophisticated in its wit, and at the same time, devastating. SO SAD TODAY is a portrait of modern day existence told with provocative, irreverent honesty."
–Nylon

"At once devastating and delightful, this deeply personal collection of essays…is as raw as it is funny."
–Cosmopolitan

"Broder writes about the hot-pink toxins inhaled every day by girls and women...and the seemingly impossible struggle to exhale something pure, maybe even eternal...there's a bleak beauty in the way she articulates her lowest moments."
–Bookforum

"Broder may be talking about things like sexts, Botox, and crushes, but these things are considered alongside contemplations about mortality, identity, and the difficulty of finding substance in a world where sometimes it’s so much easier to exist behind a screen."
–The Fader

"…So Sad Today is uplifting and dispiriting in seemingly equal measure. It’s a book that’s incredibly human in the way it allows for deep self-reflection alongside Broder, which speaks not only to her powerful writing but also the internet’s magical ability to foster connections."
–A.V. Club

"...delightful...Broder embarks on an earnest, sophisticated inquiry into the roots and expressions of her own sadness...deeply confessional writing brings disarming humor and self-scrutiny...Broder's central insight is clear: it is ok to be sad, and our problems can't be reduced to a single diagnosis. "
–Publishers Weekly

"Broder is probably the Internet’s most powerful merchant of feelings…"
–GQ

"Vividly rendered and outspokenly delivered essays…Sordid, compulsively readable entries that lay bare a troubled soul painstakingly on the mend."
–Kirkus Reviews

"If Melissa Broder weren’t so fucking funny I would have wept through this entire book. Love, sex, addiction, mental illness and childhood trauma all join hands and dance in a circle, to the tune of Melissa’s unmatched wit and dementedly perfect take on this terrifying orb we call home."
–Lena Dunham

"So Sad Today is a desperately honest collection of essays, the kind that make you cringe as you eagerly, shamelessly consume them. Melissa Broder lays herself bare but she does so with strength, savvy, and style. Above all, these essays are sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous. They reveal so much about what it is to live in this world, right now."
–Roxane Gay

Scarecrone

S C A R E C R O N E

"Broder manages to conjure a psychic realm best described as one part twisted funhouse and two parts Catholic school, heavy on libido and with a dash of magick. This gritty, cherry soda–black book...is bizarrely sexy in its monstrousness."
–Publishers Weekly

"I don’t know what a book is if not a latch to elsewhere, and Scarecrone has pressed its skull against the hidden door. It is neither drunk nor ecstatic to be here—it is a state unto itself."
–VICE

"Lushly dark and infused with references to black magic, Broder's work often feels less like a book and more like a mystical text."
–PAPERMAG

Meat Heart

MEAT HEART

"Out to 'crucify boredom,' her poems show us how any relationship with the divine is no less at risk of engendering grotesque lust...What makes Broder such a pleasure on the page is her insistence that these dramas play out on a workaday stage infused with surreal Pop and imaginative muscle..."
–Publishers Weekly

"With a title recalling Yeats...Broder risks the divine in her second book...shrewd, funny, twisted, sad poems..."
–The Chicago Tribune

"Meat Heart...is unbelievable and overwhelming for its imaginative power alone, but if you listen past the weird you can hear all sorts of things: sadness, seriousness, life, death, and a whole lot of laughter....Broder is a tremendous talent"
–Flavorwire

"...Meat Heart embodies that strain of sustenance, that sort of psychosomatic excitement most valiant art more or less tries to pull off…Her poems don’t bore or bear down. They beam oracle energy. They pump a music of visions for the life-lusty death dance."
–BOMB

Melissa Broder's Book Cover

MOTHER

“This debut from Broder is as funny and hip as it is disturbing… a bright and unusual debut.”
–Publishers Weekly

"…obsessive, energetic and pop-culture-infused poetry…"
–Time Out New York

"Broder’s insight and honesty will make your brain light up and your hair stand on end.”
–The San Francisco Examiner

"Broder’s verse is acrobatic and whip-smart… its own creature."
–Bomb