From Publishers Weekly
Selected by Adrienne Rich for the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, Pavlic's debut offers in return the musical cadences and lulls of experience: a lover's touch "gone to silence at the bottom/ of the pool. Rhythms, strings of the nidi/ travel thru bone// & in flesh waves without a goose/ ripple in my skin." Pavlic, who teaches in the English Department at Union College, spins endless synaesthesic trills, a seeming poetic signature (a "paraph" is a script flourish): "orange glow from inside the log, flakes waft like trout gills/ in a blue stream of smoke & I can't tell an ash limb/ from wood that breathes."
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About the Author
Adrienne Rich is poet, essayist, and one of America's most widely read and respected literary figures. She has been a life-long activist for women's issues.