The notion of exchange circulates throughout Kristi Maxwell's superlative second collection of poetry, Hush Sessions. In a series of utterly unique poetic experiences, things transform or transfer: superstition becomes science, and bodies become texts to read. In addition, family mythologies become sites of substitution and a borderland where irrationality and rationalization touch. Kristi Maxwell's poetry reminds us that words, like objects, do not exist in a singular state, and their multiplicity is activated through perception: "a veil during/ the trying on rather than the pride of/ the dress." As Fanny Howe says, Maxwell's poems "have pure, ephemeral lines that suggest much thought about time and utterance, yet they float free without any need for explanation."
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Review: Hush SessionsUser Review - Matt McBride - Goodreads
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Review: Hush SessionsUser Review - Lisa Cole - Goodreads
This thought provoking, innovative book meditates on how our perceptions of language help (or hinder) us when experiencing the world. Maxwell's book is inspiring, surprising, and deserving of multiple readings. Read full review