The poem initially appeared in Alvarez’s first collection Mortal.
Ivy Alvarez’s Hollywood Starlet is poet Collin Kelley’s 2017 fave read:
Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman are just some of the acting legends given a fresh voice by Alvarez, who peels away the studio-manufactured façades to explore their inner thoughts and troubled lives. It’s a chapbook I return to again and again.
Read the rest of this crowd-sourced compendium of 2017 fave poetry reads at Dave Bonta’s Via Negativa, which includes Alvarez’s review of Bethany W. Pope’s Silage.
Jennifer MacBain-Stephens reviews The Everyday English Dictionary for Agape Editions.
A dictionary is such a hard sturdy object, a weapon almost, offering a weighty thud when landing on a table, and yet we cannot hold onto these words and images fast enough. Alvarez mingles the earth with animals and sounds, with someone’s mouth, it is a dream dictionary. We want it to be solid, we want it steadfast, but it floats along waves, out of reach. We cannot define our images, our memories, quick enough.