Glass Town

“American girlhood, with its anorexia and Girl Scout merit badges, piano recitals and razored self-mutilations, is the shattered ‘glass town’ of Lisa Russ Spaar’s magical poems. Setting out to ‘heal the old rifts– / heaven and earth, girl / and dream,’ Spaar records the rituals of a tribe we recognize chiefly by its fierce determination to survive—girls, bent first on perfection, then, on returning from the banishment of our preoccupation with their bodies, their beauty.

What a marvel this book is! In language that manages to be both ardent and elegant, Spaar gives witness to marvelous mythologies in which ‘the old story: / the world for my body, / my body for the world,’ is cancelled in a moment’s reckoning, and Rapunzel saves herself.”—Dorothy Barresi

Lisa Spaar

Publication Date: November 1, 1999

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 1-888996-18-8


The Hollins Critic on Glass Town

This first full-length collection by Lisa Russ Spear is a mature work, wrought with honed skill and diligent truth telling. Glass Town appropriately begins with “Scenes from Childhood,” a cycle […]

The Virginia Quarterly Review on Glass Town

Emerson argued that one’s body belongs to the Not me rather than the Me, and Whitman countered that our identities derive from our bodies. These opposing views define the two […]