By Karen Volkman
Karen Volkman’s award-winning assortment Spar has as its valuable shape a hugely compressed, musical version of the prose poem. Volkman develops a brand new lyric density that marries the immediacy of image-centered poetry to the rhythmic assets of prose. Her first poem starts, “Someone used to be looking for a sort of Fire,” and this wild urge to hunt form—and hence definition—in the main uncontainable of parts propels the e-book ahead; each one poem maps the mind’s evolving positions based on its variable and dangerous encounters. occasionally the stumble upon is romantic or only carnal, a sensual panorama of human kin. At different occasions, nature itself has a virtually humanly emotional connection to the speaker. whereas a great deal a residing voice, the poems’ speaker isn't really a constant self yet a mutable determine buffeted via tenderness, terror, irony, or lust into tricky evasions, exclamations, verbal hijinks, and lyric flights. As its identify indicates, Spar embodies either resistance and aspiration, whereas its epigraphs additional emphasize the simultaneous attract and threat of the unknown in the sensual and fabric worlds and within the brain itself.