Matrix of all Relation:  The Death Spiral

Matrix of all Relation: The Death Spiral

The Death Spiral by Sarah GiragosianBlack Lawrence Press, 2020. “To rend:  this is what I want,” says the intrepid and metamorphic speaker of The Death Spiral, from the poem “Notes Toward an Apology” wherein the speaker slices a tomato open with her fingernail,...
Matrix of all Relation:  The Death Spiral

A Review of Mark Wunderlich’s GOD OF NOTHINGNESS

God of Nothingness, by Mark WunderlichGraywolf Press, 2021 The experience of reading Mark Wunderlich’s fourth poetry book, God of Nothingness, mirrors the page-turning necessity and immediacy of a can’t-put-it-down novel: We must learn what happens next. This is due...
Matrix of all Relation:  The Death Spiral

A Review of Kerrin McCadden’s AMERICAN WAKE

American Wakeby Kerrin McCaddenBlack Sparrow Press, 2021 From its epigraph to its final line, award-winning poet Kerrin McCadden’s exquisite third book, American Wake, is about going places. In its energetic momentum, we encounter who moves on and who and what is left...
A Review of G.C. Waldrep’s THE EARLIEST WITNESSES

A Review of G.C. Waldrep’s THE EARLIEST WITNESSES

The Earliest Witnessesby G.C. WaldrepTulepo Press, 2021 Hailed by his contemporaries as a visionary poet, G.C. Waldrep aptly presents an intimate study of the literal, physical, and spiritual act and implications of seeing. His seventh book, The Earliest Witnesses...
A Review of Jennifer Militello’s THE PACT

A Review of Jennifer Militello’s THE PACT

The Pactby Jennifer MilitelloTupelo Press, 2021 If you are someone like me who usually – but not always – closes her correspondence to friends and family with the word “love,” Jennifer Militello’s “The Pact” (Tupelo Press) might make you want to think...