Synopses & Reviews
Viewed through the penetrating eyes of a failed Hollywood hopeful, with the advantage of distance and a sharp tongue, this poetry collection is a guided tour through an internalized, apocalyptic landscape—one that lies beneath the spectacle of Los Angeles. Transitional places and phases are imagined as frightening and ripe, capable of producing a space where anxiety and creativity cohabit the narrated realm of the speaker. The poet employs a dryly personal tone, surprising refractions of language, acute sense of metaphor, and humor. Armed with these, her probing meditations and acerbic wit poke a careful hole through the glittering surface, to put a cocktail-ringed finger right on the humanity beneath it, until LA functions not just as synecdoche for country and national identity, but becomes a trope for personal identity, and more specifically, a feminine identity rebuilt from the wreckage of failure.