Frozen Charlotte: Poems Hardcover – 7 October 2020
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- Publisher : Able Muse Press (7 October 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 126 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1773490796
- ISBN-13 : 978-1773490793
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.12 x 22.86 cm
- Customer Reviews:
[Frozen Charlotte] coruscates with light... exceptional language is de Sola's forte...with the economy and compression of the best poetry, de Sola does a lot with very few words. . . But the light isn't a glint or reflection that bounces off a surface; it's not a hard glare or a soft glow: de Sola has layered light inside the words.
-Deborah Warren, Literary Matters
This collection is as much about the beauty of life as it is about transience; it startles with clever structures and unexpected twists woven with a continuous thread of melancholy...There is tight control over what she allows the reader a glimpse into, as she maneuvers from the narrative to the lyrical, to the comical, to the nostalgic. What is evoked is a feast for the senses.
-Dipika Mukherjee, RHINO
By turns sweet, bitter, and the literary equivalent of umami, the poems...range from straightforward, heartbreaking evocations of feeling and mood to extremely out-there wordplay to character studies to light verse. Not only the subject matter but the poetic technique changes from page to page, yet there is never a sense of difficulty for its own sake, nor does the book feel like a random jumble. . . . Let's get out of the way the fact that Susan de Sola is a masterful poet. She handles a range of forms seemingly without breaking a sweat. . . . This book will change with the light each time you read it. There is humor in the monumentally sad poems and pointed meaning in the funny ones. This rich, kaleidoscopic collection is better than any dessert.
-Barbara Egel, Light
De Sola's is a "large" poetry in the best sense. It's also distinctive. When you're reading Frozen Charlotte, you're spending time with a unique sensibility, both personal and poetic. Even as de Sola keeps faith with many aspects of poetry's great tradition, she's also, in an unshowy way, an original.
-Daniel Brown, World Literature Today
Lucidity unites the book's poems, whether de Sola is training her attention on a pair of stockings, an umbrella ("an empty cup/ downturned/ to reroute// not gather") or a vase of tulips effortfully lifted out of the long shadow of Plath ("plush concavities/ which made of content an irrelevancy") . . . Although Frozen Charlotte often concerns itself with the wide gulfs between men and women, between past and present, between color and substance, [such] moments of empathy . . . remind us that bridges do exist.
-Jenna Le, Agni
Susan de Sola's Frozen Charlotte is a lyrical collection exploring a rich cultural and familial tapestry that spans continents and generations. Frozen Charlotte delivers tight poems that sing; whether elegies or odes, Susan de Sola reminds that life is full of loss, and gratitude and celebration go hand in hand with pain.
-Scott Whitaker, The Broadkill Review
In addition to weighty subjects, de Sola can be laugh out loud amusing. . . . In Frozen Charlotte, Susan de Sola provides readers with enough aesthetic pleasure and thoughtful commentary about today's world to remind us of just how good-and necessary-poetry can be.
-Ed Meek, The Arts Fuse
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There’s everything in this book – lovers, camels, the Holocaust, children, college dorms, fine art, lingerie. Cary Grant shows up in “Frozen Charlotte,” and it’s strangely appropriate, for de Sola is the kind of poet who might hang around with him – effortlessly stylish and witty, graceful as a cat, with oodles of charm that never quite covers up a big heart and not-so-hidden depths. Am I gushing? Yes. This is a companionable book, beautifully written, the sort that doesn’t get old. A very, very satisfying read.