By Joelle Barron
On “A lady Like this may Have enjoyed Glenn Gould”:
“The poem sits up at its greasy-spoon counter and recounts its story, one of those cryptic plain-speech, an inverted code, all of the extra complicated for what it it appears that evidently says: ‘Under a spell so the inaccurate ones can’t locate it, / So can’t get saved,’ as Robert Frost said.” — Jeffery Donaldson
Absorbed within the small, daily rituals of lifestyles, this impressive choice of poems tears open the fruit of lifestyles and scoops out good looks and pleasure, ache and affliction, in equivalent degree. Ritual lighting takes the reader on a trip via an underworld that's either established and uncanny, an area among dying and existence the place one nourishes the opposite. Shadowed by way of the aftermath of sexual attack, Joelle Barron areas candles within the darkest alcoves, illuminates mysteries, and rises back to an plentiful Earth the place the darkness is reworked into wealthy loam.
These poems stick to the speaker via grieving and loss, heartbreak, repression, and discovery, looking, by no means discovering a solution, yet discovering which means within the paintings of constant. A meditation on trauma and identification, deeply susceptible and reserved, humorous and whole of rage, Ritual lighting fixtures explores the occasionally messy and unpleasant, yet continually valuable, nature of survival.
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Ritual Lights by Joelle Barron