A BOSTON GLOBE BEST POETRY BOOK OF 2011
The poems in this collection inhabit several countries or no country at all, but many are concerned with boundaries: between words and silence, one person and another, today and tomorrow, freedom and fear. Although the poems rarely employ traditional forms of rhyme and repetition, their sound is the engine that propels them, while invented visual shapes intensify the experience of reading. All of these experiments are concerned with how art works, what it requires of us, and what it gives back. As the cow in a gallery tells the viewer: “Feed me, please, / your possibilities, / and I will fatten you.”
“Having fun’ and ‘enjoying challenge’ and ‘exploring possibilities’ are good summings-up of this book, both in form and content.”—Fuse Poetry Review
“These poems demand and reward re-reading and their inventive playfulness lingers long after the book is closed.”—Jacquelyn Pope
“Marsha Pomerantz’s verse offers a participant-observer’s portrait of the state of the heart at the turn of the 21st century. It is concentrated on what is said, and what transpires, between, yet it never fails to keep the end of play in play…. Deferring ordinary syntax, making room to insist on a plural ‘self’ and its entrails, taking self apart, taking language apart, Pomerantz takes our part.”—Daniel Bosch
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