"Rutting Season contains work by three poets, Ariel Gordon, Linda Besner, and Michael Lithgow, and finishes with a conversation between the poets about the poems at hand, and the act and purpose of poetry generally.
The poems chime up against each other anyway, by virtue of proximity, so the conversation seems a logical conclusion and moves the poets from the land of hovery, lovely, heartbreaky, wordsmiths to people you can curl around tea with, and wonder about everything, and pull out your hair comfortably in companionship, all not knowing but hoping and anyway, working hard.
Here are some of my favorite moments in a book that is heartily worth the $10 purchase:
From Ariel Gordon, a poem that makes everything flip and flicker into it’s otherself and closes all the gaps with a spluttering sound of infinity..."
This is the "first official review" of this book, according to Correy Baldwin, publisher and editor extraordinaire.
(For the rest of the review, click here.)