Above all definitions of flung, I place “involved vigorously” foremost to describe my reading of Lucy Anderton’s debut. Her figurative and aesthetic reckoning is brilliant, fulfilling one of Yusef Komunyakaa’s requirements for poetry: “. . .doesn’t necessarily have a linear narrative, but invites one in to become a participant.” Nearly every poem is one of address, but the addressed evades summary and absolute specificity. In less capable hands, I would feel like an outsider or a mere observer. Not so with the flung you.
…Dick uses the scientific palette earnestly, and this too reveals preconditioning to poetic language: science vocabulary, or any other lexicon typically outside the poetic domain (the bureaucratic, for instance), first enters the poetic domain through irony. Trying to enrich poetic registers with new vocabulary is a valuable and difficult task, and using uncommon lexicons without irony seems to me a second stage in the rejuvenation of poetic language (beyond irony).
Why are we drawn to poetry, as writers and readers—generally, lovers of language?…
…Beduya manages to tap the cosmic without the flaky abstractions of horoscopic speculation and plays with the stereotypes of sages sitting cross-legged on turquoise aquaria, puffing blue spirals and stroking white bigotes.
…Yet it is at this point, where the wickedness of the collection has begun to effect my dreams and perspective on daily life, that a bit of light shines through.
Reviewed by Laura Maher
Reviewed by Nate Pritts
…I’ve blended some of my own stanzas (from a poem called “Genesis Cascade”) with a review I’ve been working on. Neither are finished. Thank God…
Reviewed by Will Cordeiro
If feelings arise from our embodiment in time among the orbits of others, the body itself is nonetheless dislocated, liminal, less a fixed point than a moving target…
…The first section of three is titled “Conduction,” suggesting a process or movement of material through a medium, whether that material is electricity, heat, liquid, or sound. In this case, the material is meaning, and language the medium.