on Improvement, a novel by Joan Silber (Counterpoint)

“I’m still more of a short story writer, “Joan Silber remarked in a 2016 interview. “I move around somewhat quickly. I cover a lot of time in a short space. That gives a different sense of event.” Time sprints by in Improvement, her new novel, and events over time interlink with a click-shut finality.

on Old Rendering Plant, a novel by Wolfgang Hilbig, tr. by Isabel Fargo Cole (Two Lines Press)

We like to say that the making of poetry and lyric prose is not dependent on a prior narrative and that no particular kind of experience is required for creativity. We see what occurs and then create new forms in order to newly present the world to ourselves. Nevertheless, prior narratives won’t die without a fight.

on Being Here Is Everything: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker, by Marie Darrieussecq (Semiotext[e])

In the years 1906 and 1907, Picasso painted “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” Matisse his “Blue Nude,” Klimt the “The Kiss,” and Kandinsky “Riding Couple.” Braque exhibited his “Viaduc à l’Estaque” at the Salon d’Autumne.

on Orexia, poems by Lisa Russ Spaar (Persea)

Lisa Russ Spaar’s seventh collection Orexia creates the aura of a world bound up in unrelieved tension so exquisitely balanced that it is beautiful. If the poem can be made, it may embody the balance as a sort of proof. Balance isn’t resolution. Uncertainty has a certain weight, so does a vision; the blunt or stunning facts of the seen have a counterweight.


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