Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in
Pub Date: 09/01/2009
List Price: $22.95
Svoboda triumphs, wriggling out of her own verbal knots with the energy and wit of a sideshow star.
—Timothy Donnelly, on Mere Mortals
Svoboda has such range-of subject, of emotion (from whimsical play to chillingly dead serious), that these poems take you on a wild ride, fast and dangerous, but always in control. This is a goddamn terrific book!
—Thomas Lux, on Weapons Grade
Cool, wry surface: depth charge of cry, of outrage-language at the edge of utterance, utterly original, black-bordered, indelible as we are not.
—Eleanor Wilner, on Treason
For those who wish to study a modern style, here is a volume to dig into.
—Virginia Quarterly Review
In all, Svoboda's outlandish wit . . . stuns the face of culture's illusions like lightning. Negotiating a 'wacked-out' path to rueful wisdom, she casts a cold eye at love beyond innocence at the end of the 20th century . . . For readers who prefer the chill of a dry martini.
One of Svoboda's most valuable assets is a rambling, vivid imagination which, when not held in check by myth and legend, is fully original.