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A Strong New Poetic Voice,
This review is from: Interpretive Work: Poems (Paperback)
The poems in Elizabeth Bradfield's wonderful debut collection explore complex territories--the Alaskan wilderness as well as suburban Anchorage, transgenic science and working as a naturalist on a commercial cruise ship. Most prominently, Bradfield shares with unassuming intensity her life as a lesbian in our culture, negotiating family expectations and the often uncomfortable assumptions of acquaintances and strangers. The language here is clear and plainspoken, but Bradfield never simplifies the difficulties and pleasures of human interactions with the natural world or of the many varieties of love. As she writes in "Nonnative Invasive": "None of us knows how to accept / the way love changes what it's drawn to . . ." Bradfield's spirit is generous and inclusive, and her poems help us see that our interpretive work of understanding the world is a collective and bracing task.