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My review of 'Nightingale' by Paisley Rekdal via 15 Bytes

My review of Nightingale by Paisley Rekdal was just published on 15 Bytes: Utah’s Art Magazine.
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Nightingale is a poetry book published by Copper Canyon Press. Here’s a little more from my review:

“This collection of poems is in response to, a contemporary rewriting of, and in conversation with the stories and characters of Ovid's Metamorphoses, interwoven with Rekdal's own personal experiences of sexual violence, survivorship, and silence while examining the complexities of human transformation, animal resilience, pain, and death. Each poem hovers in the ocean of its own myth with intense and specific elements that somehow brought this reader closer to her own life experience, making the poems relatable and intriguing, whether you've studied Ovid or, in my case, never have.”

Read my complete review here:

Review of Nightingale by Paisley Rekdal

You can read more about Paisley Rekdal, Utah’s current Poet Laureate, on her web site here: https://www.paisleyrekdal.com/

Paisley Rekdal  is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee;  the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Imaginary Vessels, finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her newest work of nonfiction is a book-length essay, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam. A new collection of poems, Nightingale, which re-writes many of the myths in Ovid’s The Metamorphoses, will be published spring 2019.


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