Saudade – Traci Brimhall

Traci Brimhall
Copper Canyon Press, 2017

A guerrilla prays faster. – {from} And Again I Say Rejoice

…I am orphic / am ophidian am orphan – {from} Misbegotten

In narrating the rebirth of grief in an unbegun world, in her Saudade, Traci Brimhall is both researcher and magician and together they wrestle nostalgia from the stasis of the jarringly doomed. The verse, here, is specific in its allness and, where history burns, Brimhall makes of word a thin sun and spares the ant the miracle of the half-circle.

This is heady stuff- traversal as transformation, a fluid storytelling of signs and markers, the novel as the church of the poem- and is nailed down, expertly, with an impending suddenness.

It is not preordained in feel, it is more…blessed? All inquiries mine, I felt like I was reading with each page what so clearly came next. This endeavor is a language, the calm glow of which rubs off on every disappearance.


reflection by Barton Smock


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