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“With its exotic quirkiness, ceaseless self-interrogation, and ‘insatiable identities’ that shape-shift from one page to the next, Noose and Hook digs a trench and empties its clip at our hallowed notions of voice and linearity, and serves as a testament to the depth of Emanuel’s vibrant, indeed subversive, imagination. . . .It is difficult to think of another contemporary American poet, apart from Mary Ruefle, with such an unwavering commitment to her own singular vision and inventiveness.”
“Looping with zany energy and troubling all the way through. This is difficult work, more buffeting that consoling, but remember as you read that Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert said the purpose of art is to say, ‘Wake up!’”
“Mayhem and murder in luscious language.”
—Dallas Morning News
“In ‘Noose and Hook,’ we find a speaker delightfully at odds with how to write from ‘personal experience’ in an age of perpetual war and distraction. . . . The task of this poet is to break most of poetry’s rules, yet still she assembles some of the most haunting images I’ve come across in a long time without veering into what we might call ‘experimental’ territory. . . . For if we never embrace life’s more disturbing sides, this poet is here to lead us into her underworld, to show us those shades, to remind us, if we don’t look at our darkness head-on, we risk being consumed, ‘replaced by it.’ A frightening, essential book.”
"Emanuel's elegant, wry verse tackles a multitude of subjects—place, wars, painting, teaching, and dogs. Her language is precise, innovative, and witty, yet still has heart and a playful quality to it."