By Susan Lewis
Publisher: BlazeVOX [books]
Published: September 2014
Formats Available For Review: print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.), pdf
An elegy to ‘this visit’ of the living to our own existence, “This Visit” is a pastiche of lyrical and probing dissonances assembled from intimate voices yearning for a connection as deep and ephemeral as “your desire and your embedded thorn.” Like our mortal trajectories, the world of these poems is captured in its struggle to take shape, like Michelangelo’s slaves emerging from the half-hewn stone, or Duchamp’s nude descending a multitude of unsettling but resonant linguistic staircases.
“In This Visit Susan Lewis reiterates her passion for existence through metaphors and sleight-of-hand magical language. Lewis creates a landscape of language that shifts meaning and then doubles back to explain and explore the complexities and the fragility of human existence. It is a simple response to read and enjoy This Visit as a book that is filled with word play, puns, and intellectual maneuvers. However, there is much more to this collection of poetry than one finds in the first reading.” – Mary Kasimor, Poets’ Quarterly
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