Sunday, February 11, 2018

Greg Bem reviews Alyssa Bridgman's HEDGE (2017)

Our pal Greg Bem was good enough to provide the first review for Alyssa Bridgman's HEDGE (2017) at Goodreads. Thanks so much! You can see the original review here.
The dynamic qualities of these poems gorge and throttle. They are filled with movement and inspection. They heave, sit ecstatically upon the waving sensations of form. Though the book contains potentially hyperbolic conceptualizing, and is weighed down by this overly visible backdrop, the book is fiery, foremost, and at once phantasmic. Violence and compassion meet into a middle space where Bridgman, early poetics clearly seasoned by craft, is able to explore the limitations of Wall and Barrier, of Hedge, through an unending associative platform a la society and economy.

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