By Olena Kalytiak Davis
"[Shattered Sonnets] breathes existence into American verse . . . [an] pressing and unrepentant collection."—Rick Moody, Poetry
"This convulsive booklet [Shattered Sonnets]—at occasions humorous, now and then ailing at heart—refracts and defends a wondrous light."—Edward Hirsch
Olena Kalytiak Davis's Shattered Sonnets has earned "cult vintage" prestige and is an unremittingly electrifying assortment brimming with intelligence, humor, and ardor. Drawing on a magnificent array of forebears together with Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, and Sylvia Plath, Davis overhauls the sonnet and revitalizes the confessional kind in poems that go away no conference unquestioned, no expectation unthwarted, no letter, spelling, or line holiday unconsidered.
From "sweet reader, flannelled and tulled":
You are chilly. you're ailing. you're silly.
Forgive me, style Reader, forgive me, I had no longer meant to step this fast this far
back. Reader, we had a quiet marriage ceremony: he&I, theparson
&theclerk. might i'll, stead-fast, gracilefacile Reader! Last,
good Reader, tarry with me, jessa-mine Reader. Dar-
(jee)ling, bide! Bide, Reader, drained, and remain, remain, stray Reader,
true. R.: I have been secretly hoping this may develop into a love
poem. Disconsolate. Illiterate. Reader,
I have cleared this house for you, for you, for you.
Olena Kalyiak Davis is the writer of 3 books of poetry and presently works as a attorney in Anchorage, Alaska.
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