There is no Arielle Greenberg review that we do not appreciate, but we are particularly appreciative of her review of Jan Clausen’s Veiled Spill: A Sequence (GenPop Books 2014) at American Poetry Review.
Here’s a snippet or two from Greenberg’s What to Read Now — Some Vital Books from 2014:
The veils and spills in Clausen’s book are myriad: Muslim niqabs, toxic overflows of radiation, suppressed desire, information leaking through redacted military documents, the fluidity of gender, sugar—and then poison—left out in the kitchen for ants…. As Clausen’s sequence cartwheels from found and collaged government documents to litanies to homophonic translations, it acknowledges the limitations of such experimentation in the face of environmental and other impending doom: “I can do what I want with form but not for long,” she writes.
Greenberg’s is a brilliant omnibus review that includes not only a discussion of Clausen’s book, but also work by Emily Abendroth, CA Conrad, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Katie Ford, John Gallaher, Lauren Ireland, Douglas Kearney, Hoa Nguyen, Claudia Rankine, and Rachel Zucker. Highly recommended. Read the full review here.