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Soft Targets PDF, ePub eBook Deborah Landau’s fourth book of poetry, Soft Targets, draws a bullseye on humanity’s vulnerable flesh and corrupted world. In this ambitious lyric sequence, the speaker’s fear of annihilation expands beyond the self to an imperiled planet on which all inhabitants are “soft targets.” Her melancholic examinations recall life’s uncanny ability to transform ordinary places―sub Deborah Landau’s fourth book of poetry, Soft Targets, draws a bullseye on humanity’s vulnerable flesh and corrupted world. In this ambitious lyric sequence, the speaker’s fear of annihilation expands beyond the self to an imperiled planet on which all inhabitants are “soft targets.” Her melancholic examinations recall life’s uncanny ability to transform ordinary places―subways, cafes, street corners―into sites of intense significance that weigh heavily on the modern mind. “O you who want to slaughter us, we’ll be dead soon/enough what’s the rush,” Landau writes, contemplating a world beset by political tumult, random violence, terror attacks, and climate change. Still there are the ordinary and abundant pleasures of day-to-day living, though the tender exchanges of friendship and love play out against a backdrop of 21st century threats with historical echoes, as neo-Nazis marching in the United States recall her grandmother’s flight from Nazi Germany.

53 review for Soft Targets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Edens

    "Soft Targets" is a gorgeous book of poetry that breaks free from over-sentimentality and romanticism. Landau writes about how the body continues to "be", how it continues to "exist" in a world of emotional and physical violence and how this isn't always in sync with the beauty that can be found in smaller, quieter spaces and places. My review will not do justice to Landau's lyricism. I'd say about two hours for a careful read that you won't regret. I love that Landau writes as a mother, a lover "Soft Targets" is a gorgeous book of poetry that breaks free from over-sentimentality and romanticism. Landau writes about how the body continues to "be", how it continues to "exist" in a world of emotional and physical violence and how this isn't always in sync with the beauty that can be found in smaller, quieter spaces and places. My review will not do justice to Landau's lyricism. I'd say about two hours for a careful read that you won't regret. I love that Landau writes as a mother, a lover, a daughter, a friend, and a citizen of the world. I didn't give it five stars because her poetry seems fragmented, like scenes zipping by in this contemporary life: i.e. it is all too real.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    4.75 stars Nearly perfect, Soft Targets is an incredibly poignant collection for our current political/environmental times. You know how book blurbs often call books "vital and necessary?" The description actually fits for this one. Landau commits to the concept of "soft targets" and the results are brilliant. The language is both playful and devastating, mirroring the whiplash of everyday life when you're plugged into the news cycle. Landau isn't the first to write about the theme of how to reco 4.75 stars Nearly perfect, Soft Targets is an incredibly poignant collection for our current political/environmental times. You know how book blurbs often call books "vital and necessary?" The description actually fits for this one. Landau commits to the concept of "soft targets" and the results are brilliant. The language is both playful and devastating, mirroring the whiplash of everyday life when you're plugged into the news cycle. Landau isn't the first to write about the theme of how to reconcile enjoyment of life with all of the inequality, violence, and environmental injustice in the world, but she executes it so impeccably. Only docking slightly because the collection does lose just a bit of steam at the end. Still probably the best collection I've read this year, and it's been a great year for poetry. This would be a good one to read alongside Ilya Kaminsky's Deaf Republic: Poems, lots of parallels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Glatt

    Read this collection over the course of one soft, breezy night in Union Square Park and one supremely early morning watching the sun rise from my bedside. This is a remarkably beautiful meditation on finding light in a world that seems to be on the brink of cataclysm at every hour of every day. Beauty finds itself juxtaposed with devastation in nearly every poem, and when the two clash they create something that simply cannot be simplified by a single word.

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