Synopses & Reviews
Politically charged and deeply insightful, this critical exploration of poetry maps the interior of our deepest feelings and fears through reflections on money, commerce, and the capitalist machine. Allegorically referencing the topical issues of labor and finance, each piece turns current concerns into timeless verse, with unrelenting courage and candor. Offering a modern lyrical style that reflects a lineage of the great Objectivists, each tautly crafted poem observes the intimacies and alienations of popular culture.
"The words 'barn' and 'bank' animate the economies and concerns of our lives. Barn Burned, Then implicates Objectivism in this imagining, to create poems of the conglomerate of bank and barnwords shown to be made of contingent cultural forces." Marjorie Welish, poet, The Annotated "Here" and Selected Poems
"I want to reproduce Bob Perelman's blurb from the back, which I think is an interesting and good entry-point into the book, as well as this specific poem: 'Michelle Taransky takes her title from Masahides 17th century haiku: Barns burnt down / now / I can see the moon.' There, physical loss is a gateway to an ecstatic gain of focus.' Can this explain the internal logic of the poem? The destruction that comes to the fore at the end of the poem is predicted by the continual broken-ness of the lines, of the phrases." A Compulsive Reader
About the Author
Michelle Taransky is a poet whose work has been published in the Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, and VOLT. She is winner of the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize and the coauthor of the chapbook, The Plans Caution. She lives in Philadelphia.