Susan Lewis holds a lovely command of rhythm, sound, and the weird possibilities that enter our relationships and life events. Whether we are reading her prose poems, like “This is Not a Movie” or “Dig,” or we are admiring the line breaks and white space of her linear poems in This Visit, we are always thinking about our connection to the narrator and the imposed distance from everyone, and everything, else, reflecting that same isolation
we may observe when moving through our own lives and being aware of our impact on others, and their impact on us. I found these poems to be wildly interesting and thought-provoking, and they have stayed with me for weeks since I closed these three books and left them on my desk until I could review them. Sometimes a writer will do something in their work that gets a tight hold on me, and Lewis’s ability to surprise me through the narrator’s reactions to average goings-on (the digging, the hunter’s gear) has such a tight hold on me, and I don’t want it to let go. These images are so vivid and, cliché or not, leap off of the page and challenge my perceptions. Whether you are struggling like I was to find time to read and enjoy, or if you are simply looking for the next book to buy for your shelves, get your shovels and travel gear ready, and look Susan Lewis up. I am so happy to say that I picked such an excellent writer to turn to for my first day back to reading and reviewing books, and I’m sure, with not the slightest sliver of doubt in my mind, that you’ll enjoy her work, too, and become haunted by it.
Anis Shivani will be hosted on Houston' s Pacifica radio station's Living Arts show this Thursday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm kpft 90.1 discussing his new book, Whatever Speaks on Behalf of Hashish. Do tune in!Read more »
Hurray! A new review of Failure Lyric by Kristina Marie Darling has been published at Sabotage Reviews:
Kit Robinson, Aaron Simon, Alan Bernheimer, and Patrick Marks. A great evening! Poets Aaron Simon & Kit Robinson Read from their New Books at The Green Arcade Introduced by Alan Bernheimer
Kit Robinson, Aaron Simon, Alan Bernheimer, and Patrick Marks. A great evening!