By Barbara Ellen Sorensen
PRAISE FOR COMPOSITIONS OF THE useless enjoying FLUTES:
Barbara Ellen Sorensen’s Compositions of the lifeless enjoying Flutes is a booklet of attractive wakefulness. For it's a wake, yet whilst a party, one who makes a speciality of areas the place the lifeless have been as soon as so much alive, areas the place we're such a lot acutely noticeable and heard. the following they're deserts, seascapes, landscapes with households. just like the fowl wings that so usually raise this beautiful debut, Sorensen’s flight is filled with gravity: “One day you're as mild/ as a poultry, after which/ you're not.” We remain aloft via residing, via insisting at the protean physique of the area. Sorensen’s reward is elegy’s transparent music, the way it may perhaps conjure grace from critical sickness, vehicle crash, the lack of a toddler. “The universe bears no flatness. Even its horizon is curved towards repetition. Your demise is a horizon. I run to slide over its edge.” but we don’t, we remain. by means of honoring, every one to every, our crucial complexity, Sorensen reminds us love’s precise provider is survival.
These poems are attentive, scrupulous, and remodeling, as they vary from the sensuous to the religious . . . Opened in physique and spirit, the poet embraces her worlds, and she or he bargains again this poetry, which shimmers in its pressing, smooth balance.
—Veronica Patterson (from the foreword)
Barbara Ellen Sorensen is a lyric poet within the experience that any fabulist could be known as lyric—a smooth Ovid delivering metamorphoses of the triumphs and ashes of human life in a voice right away deeply own and fully folks all. Mystic, mythographer, trickster and elegiast, Sorensen engages matters that might be ashes within the mouth of a lesser poet—relief paintings in Haiti, mind surgical procedure, and such a lot devastatingly, the dying of a son—with Orphic transformation and the deep fact of news we inform ourselves by means of the hearth to maintain ourselves alive. From the formal mastery of poems like “My Lithium, My center” to the beautiful unfastened verse of “Doubting Cremation” (“the great thing about a physique/ torn two times from mine, simply because all moms/ repeat the births of youngsters who die”), Sorensen provides us, in her Compositions of the lifeless taking part in Flutes, the list of her epic travels, her journeys to the underworld, and besides that, the phrases that would retailer us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Barbara Ellen Sorensen is former senior editor of Winds of swap journal, the flagship e-book for the yank Indian technological know-how & Engineering Society. She now freelances for The Tribal collage magazine and writes for the nationwide Indian baby Welfare Association.
Sorensen’s chapbook, tune from the Deep center mind (Mainstreet Rag, 2010), used to be a Colorado e-book Award finalist. She was once nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her memoir piece, Ghostflower & Wind (Drunken Boat, 2012). An interview together with her are available in Fringe journal (spring, 2012). Her undergraduate measure in English is from the collage of Iowa; her graduate measure in artistic writing is from Regis University.
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