By Lisa Olstein
“This poet brings a glowing realization to the web page and an exhilarating new voice to American poetry.”—Library Journal
“Most attractive is Olstein's delicate, quietly pained and earnest tone, w hich, greater than the bizarre topic, is the true megastar of this book.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
In Lisa Olstein’s bold new publication, an unnamed lepidopterist—living in a hut at the fringe of an unnamed village—is drawn ever deeper into the engrossing global of moths, mild, and seeing. based as a naturalist’s computing device, the four-part series of prose poems create a layered pilgrimage into the results of in depth research, the pains of being an intruder, and the method of metamorphosis. In an interview, Olstein as soon as acknowledged, “I don’t wish poetry to restrict itself to reflecting or recapitulating event; i would like it to be an experience.”
I have discovered to look at specimens via a small crack on the middle of my fist. It’s a behavior herders use for distance: imaginative and prescient is focused, the crude tunnel brings into concentration no matter what small expanse lies at the different facet, anything within the narrowing magnifies what continues to be. on the desk, my hand tires of clenching, my left eye of last, my correct of its squint, however the impression: a blurred carpet of wing turns into a cautious weave of eyelashes coloured, curved, exquisitely laid . . .
Lisa Olstein is the writer of the Hayden Carruth Award–winning quantity Radio Crackling, Radio Gone. She earned her MFA from the college of Massachusetts and directs the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and motion in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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