Miss Plastique, the fourth full-length poetry collection by Lynn Levin, invites the reader into a world of female bravado in which Miss Plastique and her many selves rant, fret, joke, fall in love, dress up, and do their hair. Poems in this collection first appeared in Boulevard, Artful Dodge, Hunger Mountain, Connecticut Review, Knockout, Nerve Cowboy, and other places.
Lynn Levin, a poet known for her eclecticism, humor, and range of poetic styles, is the author of the previous poetry collections Fair Creatures of an Hour
, a Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; Imaginarium
, a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award; and A Few Questions about Paradise
(all from Loonfeather Press). Her craft of poetry book, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets
(with Valerie Fox) was published by Texture Press in 2013. Lynn Levin is also a writer and literary translator. She has received nine Pushcart Prize nominations, two grants from the Leeway Foundation, and Garrison Keillor has read her work on his radio show The Writer's Almanac
. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Levin has lived in the Philadelphia area since 1980. She currently teaches at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Advance praise for Miss Plastique:
"Miss Plastique is a busy girl: giving it to her enemy in stiletto heels, giving it up to an Elvis impersonator, thumbing a ride across Texas. She has turned from the mirror and can't look back. She's sexy and seductive and refuses to be pinned down; she's silk so fluid you could drink her-read her instead, but watch she doesn't explode in your hands."
-Meg Kearney, author of Home By Now
"The poems in Lynn Levin's Miss Plastique hold their tension between fantasy and devastation."
-Jill Alexander Essbaum, author of Necropolis
"This book is just as explosive as plastique and packed as tightly and with the impeccable craft you'd expect from a good detonation expert. Lynn Levin has the perfect timing and sensitive touch of one who works with volatile materials-an Elvis impersonator, the Beav and Eddie Haskell,Gaspara Stampa, Eve and Lilith at Macy's. We are better for the aftershocks of this verse."
-Christopher Bursk, author of The Improbable Swervings of Atoms