BookBar Review: Fludde

BookBar Wed, 01/30/2019 - 11:49am

The forward to Peter Mishler’s collection Fludde begins “Occasionally, poetry provides us with raw proof of what it is to be alive, perceptions that never stray far from sensations, an illumination of sparks as opposed to, or at least in addition to, the steady artificial light of reason” (ix). This collection incorporates visual, concrete imagery that bends the mind to compare, or at least consider, seemingly displaced objects. Mishler keeps the reader ensnared in their body, experiencing the work – breathing it – engaging in a visceral, as opposed to cerebral, process. “My love with her tongue / at the tip of the truncheon. / Me with my tongue / asleep at her hipbone. “ (1-2).


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