5.07.2009

Barbara Maloutas
The Whole Marie, Ahsahta, 2009
http://www.boisestate.edu/english/ahsahta/books/maloutas/maloutas.htm

There is *no way* anyone would ever assign this review to me, as I know Barbara, and here is the major reason that that stricture shouldn't apply in the small world of poetry where most reviews are friendly: the table of contents of the first sequence, i.e., the opening poem, is very obviously informed by Barbara's interest / experience with graphic design, but it is particularly lovely that the poem is *written* in a way that letter subtraction poems aren't much, anymore: at once more written and more visual. The earthquake bit is melodramatic.

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