from the jacket:
"There is an intoxicating blend of lyricism and narrative in Ren Powell's poems. With honesty and exhilarating invention, she writes of diverse subjects - a Palistinian poet, the flowering shroud of a spinster, a murdered 17-year old Mexican girl. What unifies these poems is intense energy and fierce craftsmanship.
At the heard of this collection is "Red-Eared Slider". Both accessible and elusive, sophisticated and scandalous, this poem returns to the speaker's childhood to contemplate the violent death of her brother.
Reading Ren Powell's poetry is like watchign the changing light on the North Sea: the surface effects are stunning, the depths always in motion." Theodore Deppe