KAREN ALKALAY-GUT: SO FAR, SO GOOD
Boulevard Books/ Sivan
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ISBN (Sivan) 965 339 040 6
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Fortunately the poems within don't tempt a 'so what?' response that the title seems to invite. Occasionally, though, a good idea seems to run out of steam, eg in MAMMOGRAM WAITING ROOM:
There is no one here whose breasts have not been caressed by a lover — and no one who is thinking of that moment now.— more could have been done with the sound-patterning set up with breasts / caressed and the repetition of no one. Often Karen Alkalay-Gut relies on anecdotal-style language to convey an irony or humanistic concern, eg POLAND:
The day after their daughter went on her high school trip to Poland there were three suicide bomb attempts, two children were killed and many maimed, and he turned to his wife and said, 'Thank God she's safe in Auschswitz.'Yet she is capable of creating a striking image, eg in WAYS OF LOVE:
On days they had arranged to meet he would sometimes wake from a dream that he had been spread with honey and now could not escape the flies. For hours he would catch himself flicking away imaginary insects.Could do with more of them. Overall this is an enjoyable read.
|reviewer: Emma Lee.|