By Janet Kauffman
The poems in Eco-dementia took form in a single decade of the author’s existence. In 3 sections, Kauffman displays on insanities and devastations, from the non-public to the worldwide. From her father’s Alzheimer’s and the ravaged international of his brain to the horrors of Abu Ghraib, typhoon Katrina, and pollution in Lake Erie, in addition to the planetary-wide ecological disaster of weather switch. but regardless of this devastation, it really is attainable to enclose ourselves in gentle and air, to the touch the tall grasses we adore, to step into water and color and believe an extreme, non permanent pleasure. Kauffman’s poems convey the bliss in the elemental richness of the flora and fauna and in addition the violent distortions and grief at its devastation. Like studying a brand new language, we will be able to see and listen to phrases, occasionally knowing so basically and different occasions on no account. Or as Kauffman’s father places it, “I be aware of the place you reside, yet I don’t recognize who you are.”
The language of those poems is the actual fabric of a broken global. Readers of contemporary and experimental poetry will treasure this collection.
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