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Publisher Comments:

Poetry. These poem cycles explore relationships both human and linguistic. Responsive (and responses) to the multiple connections between words, the poems create a narrative where intimacy and sensuality are revealed in the spaces between: "Logic a device that keeps wonder at bay. / The bay where they docked and will dock again." The repetitions-with-difference of RE- suggest that the seemingly contradictory notions of stability and change are reciprocal.

Review:

"The couple that travels through Maxwell's fourth collection repays the closest attention: their odd interactions may speak to our own. Early in this sequence of short untitled poems, he and she come together in winter: 'Wand-like, her touch on his arm pale as innards of gum wrappers/ and folded accordingly.' Later, perhaps during an evening out, their 'bright bodies fight brightness with powder and clothes'; as they pack, or unpack, a kitchen, they learn 'Fork-speak. Fork-tongued, they were undone/ by need to breach the rivers printed on their skulls,/ and dry.' Other segments (some guesswork is required) take place at a carnival, in a church, on rural travels, perhaps in bed: 'When he is an ox, she alternates/ between onyx and field to be tediously/ plowed.' The title suggests that they break up and get back together, or that he and she re-acquaint themselves each day; it also warns, and encourages, us that some re-reading will be required if we are to rewrite our own domestic scripts, rather than emulating 'their most precious robot/ he bought for them.' By turns acerbic and affectionate, the man and woman here regard themselves as Maxwell's eye regards them both: if she is hard to interpret, at times, so are real people in real courtships or marriages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kristi Maxwell is the author of REALM SIXTY-FOUR (Ahsahta Press, 2008), Elsewhere and Wise (Dancing Girl Press, 2008), HUSH SESSIONS (Saturnalia Books, 2009), and RE- (Ahsahta Press, 2011). She teaches at the University of Arizona, the Poetry Center, and Pima Community College in Tucson and serves on the POG Board of Directors.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781934103234
Author:
Maxwell, Kristi
Publisher:
Ahsahta Press
Subject:
General Poetry
Publication Date:
20110915
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
72

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The couple that travels through Maxwell's fourth collection repays the closest attention: their odd interactions may speak to our own. Early in this sequence of short untitled poems, he and she come together in winter: 'Wand-like, her touch on his arm pale as innards of gum wrappers/ and folded accordingly.' Later, perhaps during an evening out, their 'bright bodies fight brightness with powder and clothes'; as they pack, or unpack, a kitchen, they learn 'Fork-speak. Fork-tongued, they were undone/ by need to breach the rivers printed on their skulls,/ and dry.' Other segments (some guesswork is required) take place at a carnival, in a church, on rural travels, perhaps in bed: 'When he is an ox, she alternates/ between onyx and field to be tediously/ plowed.' The title suggests that they break up and get back together, or that he and she re-acquaint themselves each day; it also warns, and encourages, us that some re-reading will be required if we are to rewrite our own domestic scripts, rather than emulating 'their most precious robot/ he bought for them.' By turns acerbic and affectionate, the man and woman here regard themselves as Maxwell's eye regards them both: if she is hard to interpret, at times, so are real people in real courtships or marriages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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