Poetry. "ONE is necessarily engaged, engagingly necessary. As so much contemporary American poetry takes the witless witticism of 'no ideas except as refracted in other ideas' to its logical conclusion, using Stevens as willful instrument to hollow out Dickinson's interiority, flying as far as possible from Whitman, Williams and Pound in some desperately whimsical, whimsically desperate attempt to escape (still, at this late date!) 20th century modernisms, it's wonderfully refreshing to treat oneself to the singular drama in Jen Hofer's open field verse, refractory through purposive theater, flicking with deconstruction, declension and interrogation. Her sage 'insistence' flares into the continuous present that is our own"--Sesshu Foster.
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