15 Ways to Stay Alive

15 Ways to Stay Alive Review

Broken hearts, scattered dreams, postpunk politics, and postmodern cut-up collages spiral and flow in award-winning poet Daphne Gottlieb’s latest collection of startling new works that explore survival after personal or communal disasters and the renewal that follows. Whether she’s writing about unanticipated outcomes (“After the Midway Ride Collapsed”), her mother’s passing (“Somewhere, Over”), or absurd situations (“Preoccupation”), Gottlieb’s deeply personal insights into the complex areas where life and contemporary culture collide offer readers a unique, thought-provoking perspective.

"I Have Always Confused Desire with Apocalypse"

We met over a small
earthquake. Now, my knees

shake whenever
you come around

and I’ve noticed your hand
has a slight tremor.

Daphne Gottlieb is the award-winning author of seven books including the critically acclaimed poetry collection Final Girl (Soft Skull Press) and the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious (Cleis Press), illustrated by Diane DiMassa. Gottlieb has performed and taught creative writing workshops throughout the United States. She received her MFA from Mills College, and currently resides in San Francisco.

Title:15 Ways to Stay Alive
Edition Language:English

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  • Lisa M.

    It is interesting to re-read a book and add a review! (I wrote the review below the break sixteen months ago. So much has happened in my life since then!) I definitely took more time reading the colle...

  • Brandy Shark

    Fantastic.Everything she writes is just phenomenal. A lot of her poems touched me personally, the ones dealing with the aftermath of a relationship. Because there's no book on that, there's no realist...

  • Lucy

    if every poem in this collection were up to the standard set by the poem (title drop) "fifteen ways to stay alive", daphne gottlieb would be my favorite poet, hands down. sadly, that is not the case. ...

  • Shira

    YOOOOOoooooooooOk, maybe 4.5. Some are boring - the found verse stuff, especially the ones from emails. Some are disjointed. But when she's good she's DAMN. She makes me want to change everything abou...