A beautiful new review of Green-Wood in the Iowa Review by Peter Myers. It’s moving to be read so closely, and so well.

“We come to know the poem—like a cemetery, like nature—as a made thing, shaped by the material presence of the past in the here and now. To write, the poet tells herself: “First fence a voice. / Lie / down ferocious feeling.” What must be made to lie down for the fence to be constructed is precisely what Green-Wood concerns itself with, and the tension between what’s enclosed and what’s in common, what’s visible and what’s buried, what’s present and what’s erased, becomes, in Green-Wood, the force that drives the poem onward.”

drala–beyond the enemy

Tracey McTague has written a lovely review of Green-Wood in the Dec./Jan. St. Mark’s Poetry Project Newsletter. She is a Brooklyn native and has lived next to the cemetery far longer than I did, so her words are an especial honor. She mentions in connection with the book a concept I didn’t know about: the Tibetan drala, which, she says, evokes an understanding of “the vast tragedy unfolding without ever giving up the fight.” Dra means “enemy” and la means “above.”

There are many other amazing things in this newsletter, including a tribute to the poet Michael Gizzi. For those of us who live in the hinterlands and can’t pick up the newsletter at the Poetry Project, you can order four issues a year for $25 from the website.