By Ann Lauterbach
Ann Lauterbach's 9th paintings of poetry, Or to start back, takes its identify from a sixteen-poem elegy that resists its personal finish, because it meditates at the nearness of particular attachment and loss opposed to the mute history of historic forces in instances of conflict. within the middle of the e-book is a twelve-part narrative, "Alice within the Wasteland,"inspired by means of Lewis Carroll's nice personality and T.S. Eliot's 1922 modernist poem. Alice is accosted by means of an invisible Voice as she wanders and wonders in regards to the nature of language when it comes to notion. during this quantity, Lauterbach back exhibits the variety of her formal inventiveness, demonstrating the visible dynamics of the web page in tandem with the robust musical cadences and imagery of a latest grasp.
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