Upon first impression, Lisa Fishman’s Flower Cart may appear to be somewhat inaccessible and scattered, due to its intellectual leaps, orientation-variations (horizontal and vertical) and multimedia-feel insertions. However, through further exploration, the collection is, both, extremely intuitive and strategic. Fishman displays a clear understanding and mastery of language and syntax through her use of… Read More KabbaLoom: Reading Lisa Fishman
Typically when I read a poetry collection that is more surreal in nature, I eventually reach some level of disappointment, simply for the reason that the collection lacks a form of balance between the concrete and the surreal. In Marni Ludwig’s collection, Pinwheel, however, I never reached this level of disappointment. Though the collection… Read More Horses, Etc.: The Kinesthetic Nature of Marni Ludwig’s Pinwheel
AFTER THE GIRL After the girl with the handful of mice and a tiny silver guillotine leaves, we lie down in the dark. You tell me last night you dreamed you wore a beard. The night before you drowned but did not sleep. On the screen behind us citizens of a great island… Read More Reading Marni Ludwig
—A Prose Poem It has been there all the time, but at some point,… Read More There is Nothing but Danger Here.
Tonight, like every other night, I come to the same conclusion: The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, and their Poets in Print series, never disappoint. This evening, beginning at 7pm, the KBAC introduced Tyler Mills and Brynn Saito, both with their first collections of poetry. Admittedly, I had never read work by either of these… Read More KBAC Poets in Print Series: Tyler Mills & Brynn Saito