By Amy Gerstler
Amy Gerstler has gained popularity of complicated but obtainable poetry that's by means of turns extravagant, subversive, surreal, and playful. In her new assortment, medication, she deploys a number of dramatic voices, spoken by way of such disparate characters as Cinderella's depraved sisters, the spouse of a nineteenth-century naturalist, a murder detective, and a girl who's fortunately married to a undergo. Their elusive collectivity indicates, yet by no means really defines, the floating authorial presence that haunts them. Gerstler's abiding interests--in love and mourning, in technology and pseudo-science, within the notion of an afterlife--are strongly glaring in those new poems, that are filled with powerful emotion, language play, awesome twists, and a depraved feel of black humor.
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