Well Then There Now
By Juliana Spahr
(Black Sparrow Press, Paperback, 9781574232172, 155pp.)
Publication Date: May 2011
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From her first poem, written in Honolulu, to the last, written in Berkeley, California, about her childhood in Appalachia, Spahr takes us on a patchwork journey backwards and forwards in time and space, tracking change in ecology, society, economies, herself. Through a collage of "found language," a curiosity about place, and a restless intelligence, Spahr demonstrates the vibrant possibilities of an investigatory poetics. She includes grape varietals, the shrinking of public beachfront in Hawaii, the melting of the polar ice caps, and comparative poverty rates in her eclectic repertoire. She also knows how to sing in the oldest tradition of poetry of loss, and her lament for nature is the most keen.