Lucie Brock-Broido published her second collection of poems, The Master Letters, in April 1995. The book is based on several mysterious letters written by Emily Dickinson and addressed to 'Master.' Brock-Boido imagines a series of letters echoing devices found in Dickinson's own work. The Boston Review praised the collection, writing, "We feel we are in the presence of something entirely new."
Brock-Broido's previous collection, A Hunger, was published in 1988. Her awards and honors include the Witter-Bynner prize for poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review.
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Lucie Brock-Broido in BOMB / I see her from a distance in the last of summer. She has waist length blonde hair and is wearing a diaphanous white dress....
Publishers Weekly Review / Three mysterious letters (two beginning ``Dear Master'') written by Emily Dickinson and discovered after her death are the starting point for Brock-Broido's (A Hunger) second collection...
The Master Letters in Boston Review / Reading The Master Letters has brought to my mind what Keats described "on first looking into Chapman's Homer:" "Then felt I like some watcher of the skies/When a new planet swims into his ken."