Synopses & Reviews
"The sonnet, the phoenix of poetry, burns and rises in Star Black...molten and malleable [she] expands syntax and compresses discourse, pulsing at the brink of 21st century poetics...With only the straps of her rhymes to hang on to, she dares—and flies."
- Molly Peacock
Defying trends by writing scrupulously sculpted poems that revel in form and are unabashedly beautiful, playful and smart, Star Black, one of the most popular poets in the New York poetry scene, kicks off Melville House Publishing's NEW YORK POETS SERIES by focusing her edgy intellect on the sonnet.
Her collection Ghostwood presents 48 chiseled gems that show off the many reasons why she is considered one of the leading practitioners of the sonnet writing in English today.
Black's poems celebrate nature as well as life in the city. They link touching characters and explore the boundaries of love. They keen in grief and anger—as in her searing poem about the WTC attacks, "Perfect Weather"—and they bound into hope, as in the quirky beauty, "Asylum."
In short, Black—who is also renowned as a photo-journalist whose work has appeared regularly in The New York Times and elsewhere—is the perfect example of the kind of poet highlighted by the NEW YORK POETS
"The sonnet, the phoenix of poetry, burns and rises in Star Black . . . molten and malleable (she) expands syntax and compresses discourse, pulsing at the brink of the 21st century poetics . . . . With only the straps of her rhymes to hang on to, she dares-and flies." (Molly Peacock)
A traditional poetic form explored by an exciting contemporary poet Defying contemporary poetry trends, these 48 sculpted sonnets revel in form and are unabashedly beautiful, playful, and smart. They strike a perfect balance between a fearless intellectualism and a welcome accessibility. A crystalline beauty and a hopeful, searching quality characterize these poems by one of the leading practitioners of sonnet writing in English today.
About the Author
Star Black is the author of Double Time, Waterworn, October for Idas, and Balefire. She has taught creative writing at the New School and been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She lives in New York City.