Crush Crush Crush

When you write you get to be with anybody you long for in any dimension.

Thank god.

I couldn’t take this life otherwise.

In related news, my book-crush right now is Mary Ruefle’s Selected Poems. Here are some nouns stolen from the text. Rather than using them and then throwing them away like I usually do, I’ve been using them and re-using them.

aspen         popcorn       cologne         parentheses       cloth       mercy       rot      marrow       serpentine       monsters       fungi       mosquitos       lavender       dagger       plow       stone       musk       igloo       curtains       eyeballs       spear       fat       psalms       lap       pottery       helium       camellia       crutches       ape       footprints       lord       sorrow        pineapple       spine       grocer       motorcycles       bluebird       hairs       click       goblet       birth       nutmeg       chalk       needles       pearl       roses       machines       spider       glucose       lemon       knowledge       seaside       carnival       pencil       pail       logs       sailor       pod       foam       root       envy       crowd       mirror       fruit       jacket       wardrobe       mask       field       siren       steam        kettle       fly       breasts       ear       bleach       pistil       replica       pulp       horns       tongue       coals       oysters       rest       spaghetti       hospital       crickets       bear       balloon       shakes       psychic       candy

For some ideas on how to use stolen nouns, I wrote this thing.

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Oh Comely

Here are some nouns stolen from Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea + the Dec 1 issue of People mag (Michael “I feel stronger every day” Douglas) for my poetry-writing pleasure. And yours.

heart       dragon       blister       piston       constellation       piano       roses       semen       lamb       vinyl       cats       spirals       medicine       flames       opium       porcelain       prom       fetuses       massage       envy       princess       milk       circus       stains       secret         church       brains       fruits       guns       makeup       demons       guts       chocolate       road       holiday       village       cheek     indentations       bridges       river       enemy       ashes       shoulder       wings       tower       parade       serum       screen       dream       trees       fingers       silhouette       neckline       mountaintops       holes       wrinkles       jesus christ       dress       garbage       lipstick       afternoon       espresso       leaves       caramel       dogs       face       gloves       smoke       swan       robe

For more ideas on how one might use these nouns, peep this.

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We’ve Got Heads on Sticks

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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

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–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