April 11 , 2008



"The world is touched and stands forth," writes Mary Kinzie in this book of seductive poetic experiment. In lines by turns fragmented and reflective, she shatters and reassembles such curiosities as an engraving by Albrecht Durer and the portrait of a notorious suicide whose children develop a secret telepathy. In one of her many powerful longer pieces, she collects glittering shards from myriad versions of the Cinderella story:
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The Ghost of Gruesome High

Ever since Gus Grissom High was built on top of an ancient cemetery, people have said the school was haunted. The kids refer to the school as Gruesome High. On a lark, Patsy and her friends climb to the school at midnight, to see for themselves if theres a ghostor not. They see a dark shape with two glowing red eyes and hear a strange scraping…

Was the young girl running
out of it because
– recall the blood
within the shoe? –
it hurt her?

Kinzie's verse moves mysteriously between folk-lore and urban devastation, between white magic and the concoction of mood drugs in the modern laboratory. In each poem, she draws our attention to the chinks of light in the dark narratives that surround us, in a language animated by her sympathy and deep moral intelligence.

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