Honored as a New York instances booklet Review "100 amazing Books of 2013"
Honored by means of Cosmopolitan because the one poetry identify on their record of “Best Books of the 12 months for ladies, through Women”
"A heady, infectious celebration."—The New Yorker
"Shaughnessy's voice makes sense, attractive, self-aware, hip . . . always wry, and ever savvy."—Harvard Review
Brenda Shaughnessy's heartrending 3rd assortment explores darkish subjects—trauma, childbirth, lack of faith—and stark questions: what's the use of ache and grief? Is there one other size within which our agony will be reworked? will we switch ourselves? longing for new gods, new worlds, and new principles, she imagines a parallel life within the galaxy of Andromeda.
Rave studies for Our Andromeda
“Love is the fierce engine of this gorgeous and useful booklet of poems. Love is the excessive stakes, the whip of its strength and grief and threat for fix. Brenda Shaughnessy has introduced her complete self to endure in Our Andromeda, and the result's a ebook that are meant to be learn now since it is a set whose music will endure.” —The long island instances ebook Review
"It is a huge paintings, and makes a hash of these drained superlatives that might doubtless crop up in next reports. however the fact is that i've got no unmarried opinion approximately this collection—how may perhaps I? The e-book is a chain of narratives that face up to interpretation yet no longer feeling—except that i'm convinced it extra establishes Shaughnessy’s specific genius, that is totally poetic, yet essayistic in scope, encompassing rules approximately astronomy, sickness, our bodies, the relations, 'normalcy,' home." —The New Yorker
"Another Brooklyn poet, Marianne Moore, outlined poetry as 'imaginary gardens, with genuine toads in them.' In Our Andromeda, Shaughnessy has imagined a universe, and in it, true love strikes, speedy with life." —Publishers Weekly,starred review
“Brenda Shaughnessy…laments and infrequently makes narratives concerning the fight to maintain her small family members jointly within the aftermath of a tough delivery. within the identify poem, she posits a galaxy some distance, far-off the place familial love may overtake all woe and turmoil of the guts and physique and brain. as soon as there, she says to her son, ‘you'll have the babyhood you deserved.’ She additionally gives you a few stunning lyrics in a supple, evidently said line; a few in simple terms expressive, a few with a philosophically wondering air; on destiny, goals, the current time’s lengthy gaze again on the prior — you recognize, all of the great things poets write about.”— Alan Cheuse, on NPR’s record “5 Books of Poems to Get you thru the Summer”
“This booklet explores love and motherhood and the turbulent terrain of grief.”—Cosmopolitan
"Shaughnessy articulates, with strength and readability, the transformation that motherhood has required of her. Her poems are packed with remorse and ferocity."—Boston Review
"Brenda Shaughnessy explores the probabilities of a moment likelihood in lifestyles and what may well come of it. engaging and considerate, Our Andromeda is an outstanding addition to modern poetry shelves." —The Midwest e-book Review
Brenda Shaughnessy used to be born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California. She is the writer of Human darkish with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with unexpected Joy (FSG, 1999). Shaughnessy’s poems have seemed in Best American Poetry, Harper's, The country, The Rumpus, the hot Yorker, and The Paris Review. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers collage, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn along with her husband, son and daughter.