By Dorothea Lasky
"In traces that strike a cord in me of how William Carlos Williams insisted that in simple terms the mind's eye provides us entry to truth, Lasky's poems evoke a convention of dwelling, as bloody and lousy and gorgeous as dwelling can ever be."—Julia Bloch, Bitch
"The attractive factor approximately Lasky, in all her paintings, yet fairly right here, is her skill to create that very same feel of earnestness, the experience that she is telling you a secret."—InDigest journal, InDigest Picks
Go, courageous and mild reader, with Dorothea Lasky to the "purple hotel / the place the poultry lives." opt for her, as you could have willingly long past down the darkish passages ahead of, together with her bare-faced poems for suggestions. Thunderbird's managed rage plunges into the black inside armed with not anything yet guts and Lasky's personal fiery middle to mild the best way.
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