By Carol Snow
Carol Snow's award-winning poetry has been in demand and celebrated as "work of adverse beauty" (Robert Hass), "ever stressed, ever re-framing the body of reference" (Boston Review), educating us "how brutally self-transforming a verbal motion might be while undertaken in strong faith" (Jorie Graham). during this, her 3rd quantity, Snow keeps to mine the language to its such a lot mysterious depths and to discover the probabilities its meanings and mechanics carry for definition, transformation, and emotional fact. those poems position us earlier than, and in, language--as we stand earlier than, and in, the realm.
The Seventy Prepositions includes 3 suites of poems. the 1st, "Vocabulary Sentences," displays on phrases and fact by means of taking as a proper motif this sort of sentences used to check vocabulary abilities in hassle-free college. The poems of the second one suite, "Vantage," assemble loosely round questions of viewpoint and conception. The remaining suite unearths its concept within the eastern dry-landscape gardens often called karesansui, similar to the well-known rock backyard at Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto. the following the poet methods composition as one faces a "miniature Zen garden," picking and positioning phrases instead of stones, officially, accurately, evocatively.