Ritual Lights by Joelle Barron

By Joelle Barron

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“The poem sits up at its greasy-spoon counter and recounts its story, a type of cryptic plain-speech, an inverted code, all of the extra perplexing for what it it appears that evidently says: ‘Under a spell so the incorrect ones can’t locate it, / So can’t get saved,’ as Robert Frost said.” — Jeffery Donaldson

Absorbed within the small, daily rituals of life, this extraordinary choice of poems tears open the fruit of existence and scoops out good looks and pleasure, discomfort and affliction, in equivalent degree. Ritual lighting fixtures takes the reader on a trip via an underworld that's either wide-spread and uncanny, an area among demise and lifestyles the place one nourishes the opposite. Shadowed by means of the aftermath of sexual attack, Joelle Barron locations candles within the darkest alcoves, illuminates mysteries, and rises back to an considerable Earth the place the darkness is reworked into wealthy loam.

These poems persist with the speaker via grieving and loss, heartbreak, repression, and discovery, looking, by no means discovering a solution, yet discovering that means within the paintings of continuous. A meditation on trauma and id, deeply susceptible and reserved, humorous and entire of rage, Ritual lighting fixtures explores the occasionally messy and unsightly, yet regularly precious, nature of survival.

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