This is what every writer longs for: a debut of intense invention, with language at a height and experience at a depth that the whole art suddenly appears as a plinth on the plain of American letters. Anna Rabinowitz brings us to the fulcrum of human change: memory as it is born, the body as it ages, vision as it limits time. Her voice is so bright that it explodes traditional ways of understanding, making us wiser and more playful, and as full of discovery as she is.
Anna Rabinowitz brings to bear an astonishing display of formal resources, both traditional and invented, through which she explores boundaries of the human spirit. Attuned to the graphic particularities of individual and historic survival, at the heart of these poems is a deep regard for the mundane veracity and ferocity of life, which includes, at every turn, the life of language. 'Buyer of remnants, raveler of fact,' At the Site of Inside Out splendidly enriches the site of American poetry.
Anna Rabinowitz has been biding her time, insinuating her intelligence into the interstices of this culture we are still inheriting from an unfolding (enfolding) century. The multiple techniques which surface throughout At the Site of Inside Out have this in common -- they refit the shards of a culture not only into a kind of jigsaw puzzle, but beyond that into a meta-puzzle, ultimately convincing us of the beauty of this book's steady urgency, of this voice's 'calm in the unruly silence.
About the Author
Anna Rabinowitz teaches writing at The New School. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 1989, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Sulfur,Southwest Review, and the Paris Review. She is editor of American Letters & Commentary.