Hothouse
Karyna MyGlynn takes readers on tour through the half-haunted house of the contemporary American psyche with wit, whimsy, and candid confession. Disappointing lovers surface in the bedroom; in the bathroom, "the drained tub ticks with mollusks & lobsters;" revenge fantasies and death lurk in the basement where they rightly belong. With lush imagery and au courant asides, Hothouse surprises and delights.Karyna McGlynn is the author of I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl and three chapbooks. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Translation at Oberlin College.

Hothouse Details

TitleHothouse
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2017
PublisherSarabande Books
ISBN-139781941411452
Rating
GenrePoetry

Hothouse Review

  • C. Varn
    January 1, 1970
    Karyna McGlynn poetry here is youthful, lustful, but sometimes hurt by the slightly too clever or even a bit twee. The organizational structure thematically reigns in what could easily be an otherwise unwieldy collection of poems and her personality shines through both the soliloquies and the smutty detours. Yet sometimes the Devil and the lost blazers seem to be a bit too manic, and the unexpectedness of the poems becomes almost too performative and thus, expected. It's still a solid collection Karyna McGlynn poetry here is youthful, lustful, but sometimes hurt by the slightly too clever or even a bit twee. The organizational structure thematically reigns in what could easily be an otherwise unwieldy collection of poems and her personality shines through both the soliloquies and the smutty detours. Yet sometimes the Devil and the lost blazers seem to be a bit too manic, and the unexpectedness of the poems becomes almost too performative and thus, expected. It's still a solid collection through and very fun.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsIdk, I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. I don't think this collection was for me. I appreciated the humor and a few individual poems overall, but it was a bit too "edgy" for my tastes. I could see that it was technically good, but they poems didn't leave much of an impression. The "Library" section was the strongest for me, and that's where most of my favorite poems were, probably because they were the least frank and down to earth (not that's something I normally require of the p 2.5 starsIdk, I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. I don't think this collection was for me. I appreciated the humor and a few individual poems overall, but it was a bit too "edgy" for my tastes. I could see that it was technically good, but they poems didn't leave much of an impression. The "Library" section was the strongest for me, and that's where most of my favorite poems were, probably because they were the least frank and down to earth (not that's something I normally require of the poetry I enjoy, it just happened to scratch the itch this time). I'm just not having real great luck with my poetry book choices the past few weeks. Sigh.
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  • Brendan
    January 1, 1970
    Favorites:"Self-Portrait as Erotic Thriller""Last Girl on the Floor""Costumes Required"His freshest ex-girlfriend is a 30-year-old stripper who worksat Neiman Marcus. She has an MBA. Her name is Aubrey.- "Russel Says Everybody Is Aubrey"Jealousy is a kind of arthritis.- "What Happens in 1918 Won't Stay in 1918"He told me my eyes sucked upall the oxygen in the room but didn't use that breath to express anything- "Ouvrir""Men like red," says my manicurist. It's true.Red fingernails still slay them Favorites:"Self-Portrait as Erotic Thriller""Last Girl on the Floor""Costumes Required"His freshest ex-girlfriend is a 30-year-old stripper who worksat Neiman Marcus. She has an MBA. Her name is Aubrey.- "Russel Says Everybody Is Aubrey"Jealousy is a kind of arthritis.- "What Happens in 1918 Won't Stay in 1918"He told me my eyes sucked upall the oxygen in the room but didn't use that breath to express anything- "Ouvrir""Men like red," says my manicurist. It's true.Red fingernails still slay them like it's 1942.- "Hit It"
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Maybe I'm biased because I was so in love with McGlynn's weirdness in "I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl," but "Hothouse" left me missing the gross lyricism of her previous work. Though perhaps more candid and clever, "Hothouse" seemed all flash, crushing its subtler poems. I do love the organizing "house" structure and of course, when McGlynn hits, she kills.
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  • Stephine
    January 1, 1970
    There are a several really great poems in this collection, and as a whole it's certainly worth the read. If you ever have a chance to see Karyna do a reading, go. The way she gives voice to the poems she reads makes each collection of hers that you pick up that much more engaging.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Read almost entirely in one sitting. Catchy, lots of winding alliteration and rhyme that shows her obvious love of language, but many of the poems felt mean-spirited and I just couldn’t get past that.
  • Victors
    January 1, 1970
    A sledgehammer of poetry.
  • Leonard
    January 1, 1970
    Includes some interesting poetry.
  • Michelle Despres
    January 1, 1970
    The power is in the storytelling and not necessarily the craft.Accessible for people wary of poetry.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always doing this: failing at a task then trying to protect the part I ruined, like something might hatch of my mistake.
  • jenni
    January 1, 1970
    my first entrance into mcglynn's poetry since I failed at reading I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl before it was due back at the library about two or three different times. her poems are visual and electric, things that I gave myself days to read, like staining my fingers with paint and not bothering to wash it off until mid-week. i loved the locational structure she gave to it, which made the collection something I can physically travel through.
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