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Peril as Architectural Enrichment
by Hazel White
2011, 96 pages
Peril as Architectural Enrichment by Hazel White tests landscape as the subject of experience. Propelling awareness vertically and horizontally, it questions how limbs want to move in space, when convivial with landforms, treetops, views, and pollen. The poems greet danger—chopped narratives, lost crops, a fall, inundation—and the refuge of a familiar curvature: the turning of long lines becoming the same as building shelter in the wild where a peril can be seen and felt, and to write is to know what's near. Like a designed landscape, White's poetry delivers a new sense of orientation/a long-sought spatial fluency: "I want to ride in the fur of animals."
"I set this book down and wept. . . . It is the most beautiful piece of writing I have read in many years."
~ Bhanu Kapil