By Michelle Penaloza
landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) is poet Michelle Penaloza's first book.
Praise For landscape/heartbreak:
Peñaloza's poignantly appealing landscape/heartbreak is greater than a collection of breakup poems, its personal veritable culture in American poetry. Hers is a chain that plumbs the that means of what it skill to like, sacrificing to mystery away bits and items of one's self whose different components stay scattered on corners, in parks, and bridges. This assortment is ready the company of reconciling stories and ghosts, the sturdiness in studying the right way to breathe back. —Major Jackson
I’ve been in love with landscape/heartbreak considering the fact that prior to it was once written, from the instant I first discovered of Michelle Peñaloza’s wild proposal: to map heartbreak. What if strangers instructed their tales whereas wandering the avenues and backstreets of a urban? What if trauma should be healed one footfall at a time? Peñaloza enacts an city alchemy, remodeling the walkers’ own struggles into artwork and thereby coming toward her personal chronic ghosts. a set for somebody who has ever had her (or his) middle stomped on. this implies such a lot people. a strong and interesting
debut. —Susan Rich
The question—"What harm you into poetry?"—lies on the middle of Michelle Peñaloza's landscape/heartbreak. And her poems urge us to hunt the reply, following Peñaloza's speaker on her sojourn the place strolling and respiring create the meditative cadence to lull the physique into the ecstatic country important for conjuration. From the great thing about those poems emerge the ghosts of these loves that experience splintered us into jagged items. As we traverse Peñaloza's lyrical panorama, the "sueded/beads of unopened wild poppies" and "renegade ferns/growing upon the stumps of outdated docks" tender over the serrated edges of what cuts us deep. this can be a very good and haunting assortment. —Oliver de los angeles Paz
As you learn this extraordinary assortment, it's possible you'll imagine that every poem starts off with humans jogging via a urban. yet then, pricey reader, you understand that it truly is now not humans within the distance, for you have been invited at the trip to boot. those poems will shipping you love that, after which they will stroll beside you thru a panorama of heartache and longing. whereas there, "You can glance back," Peñaloza writes, "remember the tales underneath all this shine." And those tales do shine. and you may consider them. —Matthew Olzmann
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landscape/heartbreak by Michelle Penaloza