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Paperback 80 Pages / Published: 31/10/2009
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The notion of exchange circulates throughout Kristi Maxwell's superlative second collection of poetry, Hush Sessions. In a series of utterly unique poetic experiences, things transform or transfer: superstition becomes science, and bodies become texts to read. In addition, family mythologies become sites of substitution and a borderland where irrationality and rationalization touch. Kristi Maxwell's poetry reminds us that words, like objects, do not exist in a singular state, and their multiplicity is activated through perception: "a veil during/ the trying on rather than the pride of/ the dress." As Fanny Howe says, Maxwell's poems "have pure, ephemeral lines that suggest much thought about time and utterance, yet they float free without any need for explanation."

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9780981859132
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 113 g
Dimensions: 190 x 140 x 3 mm


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"Kristi Maxwell s new book of poetry, Hush Sessions, starts with a snippet from Gertrude Stein: Superstition is to believe what you see to believe. It is in this manner we are invited into the book, and we are attended all along the journey through the book by strange, gorgeous perceptions that the poet often calls into question." Heather Ann Trahan, The Rooftop Voice"
"Maxwell s poems smoothly exist in multiple worlds at the same time, describing a bodily failure while engaging in linguistic play, implying that the speaker should have used knowledge about language to predict her body s behavior." Krystal Languel, New Pages"
"Kristi Maxwell's new book of poetry, Hush Sessions, starts with a snippet from Gertrude Stein: "Superstition is to believe what you see to believe." It is in this manner we are invited into the book, and we are attended all along the journey through the book by strange, gorgeous perceptions that the poet often calls into question."--Heather Ann Trahan, The Rooftop Voice
"Maxwell's poems smoothly exist in multiple worlds at the same time, describing a bodily failure while engaging in linguistic play, implying that the speaker should have used knowledge about language to predict her body's behavior."--Krystal Languel, New Pages
"A mysterious accumulation, Hush Sessions is an exploration and meditation. It is a circling of image and thought, pieces of narrative (he & she), which begins with superstition, but comes to represent an even more ominous and heartbreaking sorrow. Kristi Maxwell whispers in hushed tones all manner of connectivity and relationship between. He & she. Husband & wife. Offspring & womb."--Kristina Earny, University of Arizona Poetry Center

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