Patricia Lockwood (born 27 April 1982) is an American poet, novelist, and essayist. Her 2021 debut novel, No One Is Talking About This, was a finalist for the Booker Prize. Her 2017 memoir Priestdaddy won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her poetry collections include Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a 2014 New York Times Notable Book. Since 2019, she has been a contributing editor for The London Review of Books.
She is notable for working across and between a variety of genres. In 2022, she received the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for her contributions to the field of experimental writing. (Source: Wikipedia)
Except from Jewel Thief Story, by Patricia Lockwood
Take your time with the poem; the action and imagery is both vivid and hard to follow, as if refracted like light through a prism! Note how the line breaks tend to fall in the middle of sentences (called “enjambment”), cut into uniform lengths like the facets of a gem.
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