Catherine Wagner makes poetry of contemporary erudition and confession out of a new sort of baroque plain speech. Her roving eye and ear take into consideration all the offerings of our world--magazines, breakfast, ghosts--and find brilliant encryptions of human physical reality in perfect words. Nothing is too far away or too close to warrant reaction: Good Housekeeping, Edmund Spenser, mayonnaise, boobs, death; all comprise Wagner's vernacular of music and knowledge, a kind of thinking out loud that translates into a witty, vertiginous awareness.
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