Short review of Marie Lecrivain's Antebellum Messiah - David Herrle
published by Sybaritic Press
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Though I've read Marie's poems and prose here and there, I'd no idea of
her range and deftness. I always enter a poetry book - especially a long
one - warily, reluctantly, but Antebellum Messiah kept flipping my
pages, not allowing me to shut. I began to jot the titles of favorite
pieces onto a Post-It note, and I ended up squeezing them onto three
A.B. is anti-boredom and quality quantity.
Too many writers seem overly self-conscious, which hampers the force of their work. (I speak from experience.) Now, Marie strikes me as being very self-conscious - but her work is that much more intestinally fortified for it. It's as if she says, "Holy shit, I'm full of fear and pain, as well as secret dreams and desire, so here it all is: dressed in its best Sunday see-through clothes."
If your book shelf has a free space
that's waiting for more than just a spine to show off, Antebellum
Messiah deserves to fill it.
- review by David Herrle 2009
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