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Featuring a new introduction from the author, Superdoom: Selected Poems brings together the best of Broder’s three cult out-of-print poetry collections—When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother, Meat Heart, and Scarecrone—as well as the best of her fourth collection, Last Sext. Embracing the sacred and the profane, often simultaneously, Broder gazes into the abyss and at Featuring a new introduction from the author, Superdoom: Selected Poems brings together the best of Broder’s three cult out-of-print poetry collections—When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother, Meat Heart, and Scarecrone—as well as the best of her fourth collection, Last Sext. Embracing the sacred and the profane, often simultaneously, Broder gazes into the abyss and at the human body, with humor and heartbreak, lust and terror. Broder’s language is entirely her own, marked both by brutal strangeness and raw intimacy. At turns essayistic and surreal, bouncing between the grotesque and the transcendent, Superdoom is a must-have for longtime fans and the perfect introduction to one of our most brilliant and original poets.


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Featuring a new introduction from the author, Superdoom: Selected Poems brings together the best of Broder’s three cult out-of-print poetry collections—When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother, Meat Heart, and Scarecrone—as well as the best of her fourth collection, Last Sext. Embracing the sacred and the profane, often simultaneously, Broder gazes into the abyss and at Featuring a new introduction from the author, Superdoom: Selected Poems brings together the best of Broder’s three cult out-of-print poetry collections—When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother, Meat Heart, and Scarecrone—as well as the best of her fourth collection, Last Sext. Embracing the sacred and the profane, often simultaneously, Broder gazes into the abyss and at the human body, with humor and heartbreak, lust and terror. Broder’s language is entirely her own, marked both by brutal strangeness and raw intimacy. At turns essayistic and surreal, bouncing between the grotesque and the transcendent, Superdoom is a must-have for longtime fans and the perfect introduction to one of our most brilliant and original poets.

30 review for Superdoom: Selected Poems

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tao

    "I hear dogs inside of me / some are good and some are wrong / I keep feeding the wrong dogs" "I hear dogs inside of me / some are good and some are wrong / I keep feeding the wrong dogs"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Meatheart is the chapbook I've not read though I do think it's somewhere on my bookshelves. Otherwise, I mostly skimmed this. Still love this excerpt from "Waterfall": "The most romantic thing a human being can say / to another human being is Let me help you vomit." Vaguely reminds me of that poem from another poet with the line about how holding a friend's hair back as they vomit being a way of showing care/love. Meatheart is the chapbook I've not read though I do think it's somewhere on my bookshelves. Otherwise, I mostly skimmed this. Still love this excerpt from "Waterfall": "The most romantic thing a human being can say / to another human being is Let me help you vomit." Vaguely reminds me of that poem from another poet with the line about how holding a friend's hair back as they vomit being a way of showing care/love.

  3. 4 out of 5

    brooke

    lots of recurring themes as seen in Milk Fed: disordered eating, religion, mothers/parental relationships, sex, food. lots of vomit. overall these didn't really do anything for me but i do appreciate the grotesque and vivid imagery lots of recurring themes as seen in Milk Fed: disordered eating, religion, mothers/parental relationships, sex, food. lots of vomit. overall these didn't really do anything for me but i do appreciate the grotesque and vivid imagery

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Incredible collection that shows Broder’s evolution as a writer, including some themes that later appear in her prose. God, womanhood, food, death, mental health, sex… it’s all here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    SUPERDOOM is a collection of poems drawn from Melissa Broder’s previous poetry collections. This was my first foray into her poetry, but having read her novel The Pisces a couple years ago, I found her tone and sensibility instantly recognizable. Thematically, there is a lot going on that reminded me of the fixations of The Pisces, and this collection succeeded in creating similar sensations of queasiness and debasement that I can’t say I particularly wanted to linger over… but I definitely admir SUPERDOOM is a collection of poems drawn from Melissa Broder’s previous poetry collections. This was my first foray into her poetry, but having read her novel The Pisces a couple years ago, I found her tone and sensibility instantly recognizable. Thematically, there is a lot going on that reminded me of the fixations of The Pisces, and this collection succeeded in creating similar sensations of queasiness and debasement that I can’t say I particularly wanted to linger over… but I definitely admire Broder’s effectiveness in conjuring such visceral feelings, especially as they relate to sex, intimacy, and embodiment. And, it should not be left out, she is at times very funny. There were plenty of good and interesting poems in the collection, but on the whole I found it a little repetitive in tone and style. The frequent “verbing” and “adjectiving” of nouns, coining of new words, etc., while not a practice I object to at all, was perhaps a little overused and contributed to the feeling of homogeneity. Or in another light, a very consistent poetic style. Thank you to Tin House for the ARC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Thompson

    Poetry is a tricky, subjective beast to read under the guidance of the most patient authors. There are some poets who ease you in and let you sink into the lyrical world slowly, line by line until you're submerged in cadence and waves that you may not be able make sense of but you still *vibe* with. Then, there are poets who do not give a crap about your comfort levels - they just write what they write and you either like it or you don't. Unfortunately, I didn't like this collection. This was my Poetry is a tricky, subjective beast to read under the guidance of the most patient authors. There are some poets who ease you in and let you sink into the lyrical world slowly, line by line until you're submerged in cadence and waves that you may not be able make sense of but you still *vibe* with. Then, there are poets who do not give a crap about your comfort levels - they just write what they write and you either like it or you don't. Unfortunately, I didn't like this collection. This was my first experience with Broder's work, and it went over my head. I felt jarred and bored at the same time because I couldn't grasp into anything enough in order to feel the life and disgust and murk that I know I was supposed to feel. I wouldn't not recommend this, but I don't think I'll be returning to it. I'm still hoping to take a chance on her recent acclaimed book "Milk Fed," and hopefully that works better for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

    ARC given by NetGalley for Honest Review "Superdoom" was an incredibly enjoyable read. It drips with metaphor; it's the type of poetry that begs to be ingested slowly. It has religious (Catholic/Christian) undertones, but I find that it does not alienate readers who are not of those belief systems. Broder is not afraid to shy away from sensuality and how it mixes into the religious ideals she keeps. My top 3 poems are: "Your Mother Is Dying And I Want Details" "Bones" and "Today I Will Be A Benevolent ARC given by NetGalley for Honest Review "Superdoom" was an incredibly enjoyable read. It drips with metaphor; it's the type of poetry that begs to be ingested slowly. It has religious (Catholic/Christian) undertones, but I find that it does not alienate readers who are not of those belief systems. Broder is not afraid to shy away from sensuality and how it mixes into the religious ideals she keeps. My top 3 poems are: "Your Mother Is Dying And I Want Details" "Bones" and "Today I Will Be A Benevolent Narrator"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate Durbin

    The further I read in Superdoom I started tripping. The poems became like runes to me. Like mysterious marks on the sand. The effect of reading them all at once in this big tome was especially exciting, because it felt like being pulled further into this place beyond language.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leela Shamash

    immaculate mother melissa broder blessed be

  10. 5 out of 5

    GhostGirl_420

    Need It!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Got lost in these in the best way possible. Want to re read again and again and again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    weird, fun, sad poems. some real standout poems

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  14. 5 out of 5

    Molly Weisgrau

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Tamney

  16. 4 out of 5

    mdsnlyvs

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lagerfeld

  19. 5 out of 5

    Selena

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helga

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emma Fong

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maris

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Lee

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annalise Burke

  28. 5 out of 5

    DeRosia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

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