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In Elizabyth Hiscox's impressive debut collection, Reassurance in Negative Space, there are poems about art and loss and ecology, reindeer moss and netsuke, the precariousness of 1950s high-heeled bedroom slippers. Her poems are tightly, urgently made. Hers is a poetry held together by ingenious double meanings and wordplay, twinnings and twinings, paradox, subtle jokes and puns, fierce and delicate ironies, a rigorous intelligence and a vigor of spirit so charged and fluent that whatever she puts before us takes on resonance and import.
-- Nancy Eimers, author of Oz
Elizabyth Hiscox's new collection, Reassurance in Negative Space, is haunting in the way that brilliance of mind and vision encounter an almost secret vocabulary. This is the revealing intercession of one road upon another in the outskirts of Rome a hundred years past. It is also the infrared optics of ideas of negative space peering into previously unobserved, undisturbed dark matter. A few of the poems surprise utterly, have almost a pre-creation memory for us of things that startle and seem true. She is a terrific and sometimes very funny poet of the first order.
-- Norman Dubie, author of The Quotations of Bone
There is throughout this volume a deep and humane lyric wisdom, an almost fatalistically brilliant humor. . . . Here is a debut collection bold enough to cast an eye on Truth in poems that are both narrative (storied) and innovative, necessary poetry.
-- Cynthia Hogue (from the foreword), author of In June the Labyrinth
"All angels pant as surely as they part"--Elizabyth Hiscox's Reassurance in Negative Space studies the relationship between negative capability and communion. Between art and comfort. No rote reassurance is sought after or offered in these pages--the chocolate bunnies (better than Lent) are delicious but hollow. And after cataloguing and deeply considering the negative spaces of art--from the tiny details of a series of Japanese netsuke sculptures, to Archeology Today articles, to pieces of literature, music, architecture, painting--Hiscox breaks a tender heart with this equivocal and necessary advice for her reader: "Fall already, beautiful." In this gorgeous and spiritually rugged ekphrastic book I do pant, I do part, and I do fall.
-- Sarah Vap, author of Viability
About the Author
- ASIN : B072JPMPDP
- Publisher : Able Muse Press / Word Galaxy (1 September 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2457 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 106 pages
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With these thoughts however, I can honestly say that I'm not surprised by the quality of this book. I was a student under this author in multiple classes at WCU during the year she was publishing this book. Years later I can now sit in the nostalgia of her expertise through these poems. Which felt crafted especially for people like myself. People who struggle and give a lot of thought to the people who passed on through out thier lives, and what those events can mean to us.
Dr. Hiscox you have been a critical influence to my life in more ways than one. During the most hopeless time of my life you showed me that it was ok to fail while providing me tools and skills. Tools and skills to help me process my traumas through writing. I still write often when times are hard. Certainly these were the most powerful lessons I learned at WCU while attempting a science major.
I'm falling, and it's beautiful.
How can I want to hold you more
having consumed you?
Rich, layered, emotional, intelligent, and emotionally intelligent, the poems in this collection offer layer after layer of cultural, literary, historical, and geographical detail. As we enter the world of each observation, the poems "Start embroidering your pain on the back of my neck." By the end of the collection, I am certain that this poet has "invented air." I feel somehow heavier and lighter. I walk away smarter. Some of my favorite lines:
All angels pant as surely as they part.
green always at a remove
Don't hit me like Vespers at dawn.
IF LIFE IS A NEGATIVE
then you are the darkroom.
I draw it with you. This necessary shawl
An appendicitis of the spirit.
Fall already, beautiful.
It’s so rich, and really, just looking at it, it’s a beautiful collection.