Whirlwind @ Lesbos
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They are the real stuff—emotional heart and power. These poems are written at a distance from the speaker’s passionate early self, recalling with a sense of astonishment the time “When I was still trying/to undress the universe/and know her.” That time is no more. “And that has been my story,” says the speaker ruefully in another poem, “not her face/but my hapless life.” Yet despite a life punctuated by pain and loss, these are proud, tender and passionate poems, recounted unflinchingly, with acute lyric intensity. Risa Denenberg’s Whirlwind @ Lesbos is a collection chronicling one life echoed in many lives, r
The narrator of these poems has loved hard, has been “beheaded with your name on Christine Potter Risa Denenberg’s new book, Whirlwind @ Lesbos, is a scathingly honest, powerful collection of poetry. It is by turns erotic and elegiac. The narrator of these poems has loved hard, has been “beheaded with your name on my lips.” And what she has lost seems even greater than her life. These are not poems about the redemptive power of love; these are clear-eyed poems about what love can cost.Images of the everyday dance in front of the fire of this author’s passion: white cotton briefs, feta cheese omelets, an amethyst ring. Or raspberry jam,. Read these poems more than once A gorgeous collection. In particular, the poems "Whirlwind @ Lesbos" and "Eating the Seed Corn" show what lesbian/women's lyric poetry is capable of. Can't recommend strongly enough!