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Reckless Lovely Paperback – March 15, 2014
Reckless Lovely is a strong, smart, urgent collection that blends wonder and irreverence in appealing measures. Silano's achievement deserves your reading glasses, direct sunlight, and a plate-cleaning literary appetite. Poets too rarely greet us with a declaration of "feeling all wow," and even less often follow up with courses of shiny wordplay, formal ingenuity, weird humor, and serious politics. Here is a poet who has a ton of fun with her substantial powers. Silano's secular joy is miraculous . . . she manages to respond to our damaged present with both critique and delighted praise. ~ Lesley Wheeler, Poet's Quarterly
"These . . . poems . . . shower words, which tumble over one another as speed is built, who demand to be read aloud and shimmy while doing it. They are saying, Look at me, listen. This is her task, too: attend the poems that seem to at once come out in a gasp of gorgeous imagery and are perfectly rendered, making the experience of reading a kind of cleansing breath." --Molly Sutton Kiefer, The Rumpus
"Reckless Lovely is occasion for celebration. These poems are alive with music and beg to be read aloud, to be heard. With its wondrous marriage of science and lyricism, this book navigates the riotous and righteous routes." -- Nance Van Winckel, author of Pacific Walkers
"Astronomy, the making of art, personal history, and the condition of these United States are all obsessions Martha Silano brings to her eclectic book, Reckless Lovely, with a restless and, at times, verbose energy matched with an ability to look deeply at both the world in front of her and the world she senses but cannot see." -- Michael Klein, Poets at Work
Reckless Lovely begins with a bang, not a whimper--"a dash of giant impact" and a "pinch of heavy bombardment." Throughout, the pairing of long run-on lines with staccato rhythms complements the study of what is fleeting and what endures. These "appropriate incongruities" are the force behind the poetry and the poet, herself an "Ever-reveler of the unraveling" and "Undoer of the done." ~ Lisa Perdigao, Boston Review
There is an audible pulse to Martha Silano's new collection, Reckless Lovely. These lines have an unmistakable rhythm that begs to be voiced, and it is this reaching out beyond the page, this connection between the poet and the reader, that makes this book so pleasurable ~ Maggie Trapp, The Los Angeles Review
Proliferation and story weld together in this celebration of becoming. Silano's work has already won many prizes and awards, and Reckless Lovely will be certain to win her more acclaim. ~ Janet McCann, Rain Taxi
The most succinct statement I can think to make about Martha Silano’s fourth collection, Reckless Lovely, is that it is wildly imaginative. It’s the juxtapositions, the connections, the metaphors she creates that attract me so, and they are all entangled in a clash of language that compels the reader’s curiosity. There’s no nodding off in the middle of this book. Reading her poems, I’m reminded a little bit of Pattiann Rogers, a little bit of Barbara Ras, a little bit, even, of Gerard Manly Hopkins. Yet Silano’s voice is her own. The poems are reverent without being pietistic, irreverent without being mean-spirited; they are smart without being pedantic, studded with references to popular culture yet also engaged with large questions; they are fetching and feminist and downright funny. ~ Lynn Domina, Poet / Review a Week Blog
“These stunning pages, like a ‘land-less landmass, [a] dollop-y desert dessert loosed,’ fold moments of joy into a Reckless Lovely with inventive, chewy language, and a relentless appreciation of music and delight.” (Aimee Nezhukumatathil)
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