by Sarah Gorham
paper, 67 pages, $14.95
Few poets have understood so fully that the heart is flesh. Sarah Gorham is deeply mindful of the world's graces even as she realizes that we are food for the stars. Empathetic yet tough-minded, resilient yet tender, her poems envision healing without denying the difficulties of containment and abandonment.
We all know what's wrong around, and with us, but arriving at a cure is sometimes all but impossible. Then, occasionally, there's a severe, bracing voice, a touch, a retelling of what we have always heard, that makes every difference in how the world, even in the smallest oscillations, appears to us. That's poetry's revivifying gift. It's Sarah Gorham's abundance in The Cure.