The Mathematics of Disengagement
Post Traumatic Press, Mar 1, 2016 - 78 pages
"For those of us privileged to know her, Susan Hoover's poems are a reflection of the woman herself. Intelligent, highly charged, funny, understated, passionate, proud, self-effacing, daring, joyful, logical, and heartrending. Don't enter these poems lightly; they won't forgive even a flicker of inattention. Hoover is a top shelf poet; do whatever it takes to make room for these gorgeous poems, they reward both heart and head." - Angelo Verga, author of six poetry collections, and curator of Literary Events at the legendary Cornelia Street Café. "At first, one is challenged and moved by her juxtapositions and examinations of language, which are often dazzling, often beautiful - 'no harness strong enough/to hold you in the/blasphemy of/check' or 'lighting the way for all/the fine lines of/exhale.' On almost every page one sees, hears and feels these idiosyncratic, off-kilter pieces...These poems are so strong they hurt."-Jason Shinder, author of three books of poetry and the founder of the YMCA National Writer's Voice."A commanding three-part mathematical poetic masterpiece of intimate musical delicacy with surprising twists that land you in the light of fiction and truth/on rough seas/among swimming words/and the sparkling light of fiction and truth/with the fragility of glass and the charred edges of repercussion/flipping coins with the devil/dodging the wreckage of life/falling axes/and edges/lines/and angles shift and reclaim themselves in the strong shadow of the sun."-Bruce Weber, author of Poetic Justice (Ikon Press)
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