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And Haunting. My favorite poems (it's so hard to select just a few) are "The hotel bed," about the ghosts of others who greet you in your hotel bed (in which they slept, wrestled, made love, cried), and "These city hives of unknowing," about a woman who watches a stranger in the high-rise apartment building across from hers. Slot's poems are intimate--so intimate that you feel you are seeing and thinking through her eyes, not through some voyeuristic means.
If you are a mother, you will especially love this book. Read "Ava brings the world to a stop," and your heart will stop, too.
Buy it for your mom, your sisters, your girlfriends, and all the boys, too, because it is just that damn good. (And the perfect book for someone who knows that poetry doesn't have to be convoluted and abstruse to be brilliant.)
First, I want to praise slot for her narrative arcs in poems: Many of these poems (though certainly not all) are driven by her talent for crafting a narrative, but never falling into the trap of being chopped prose. Even with the story, the breaks are carefully chosen, the metaphors vivid and meaningful, and the places the poems take flight from and land to are always surprising or meditative and meaningful. For instance, her poem "The Architects: Guests of Perspicacity" details a speaker and husband finding a nest while gardening and watching the hatching and growth and disappearance of the birds through the spring. The poem ends: "In three short weeks, they are issued an order:/one by one they depart,/until we are again just two,/leaning against each other, staring at an abandoned home,/haunted by what was granted,/what we took, in those few/ weeks of spring." One can't read the end of this poem and think it's only about the birds anymore, but about any kind of nurturing and the loss of it in your life, the swift passage of time.
But narrative is not Slot's only talent, she also writes lyric in a passionate and confident style. The whole book is woven together with lyric prose poems about drowning and rescue. The narrative is not clear: who is drowning? The speaker, a child? Is this a birth poem? Is the person rescued? None of it was ever discernible except for the terror, the haunting, the passion to survive, the struggle to rescue what you treasure: the clarity of the emotion makes the series a typhoon in and of themselves--you can't stop reading them.
Additionally, I just loved Slot's range in topic matter.Read more ›