The Four Way Reader #2
Edited by Carlen Arnett, Jane Brox,
Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Martha Rhodes
paper, 272 pages. $18.95
from the Preface by Carlen Arnett
These are works of heft and elegance, ricochet and gracelively voices ranging widely across subject matter and style. Consider Terri Ford's sexy, alchemical lyrics. Or Jeffrey Skinner's tattered, mostly tongue-in-cheek
spirituality. There's precise mystery in Marianne Boruch's poems, and agitated humor in John Donoghue's. For work that tilts between the tragic and the ecstatic, read Frances Richard. Or Frankie Paino, whose poetry of
longing and tortured faith shapes its own contrast to Sarah Gorham's, infused with a crisp, pastoral light. Carl Phillips's sleek, indelible poems offset the astonishing, urgent lyrics of Jean Valentine. Alison Moore's storytelling moves with upsweep and surprise, and Tereze GlŸck's with brisk, telescopic shifts in perception.