Peregrine by Caroline Goodwin
“Robert Duncan once wrote, “The devout have laid out gardens in the desert,” and, in Peregrine, Caroline Goodwin keeps the kind of vigil Duncan envisioned. It is a bright yet fractured world that Goodwin’s poetry traverses, and she inhabits both life and death—and the liminal between—with grace and a meditative clarity startling in the days of sound byte obfuscation. Goodwin’s clean edges reveal elements of landscape—both internal and external—that might otherwise be passed over by the naked eye, and her refusal to yield to the immensity of death is likewise an act of faith. She writes, “sit back in the weeds / full of my body / full of the night sky,” inviting the reader into a world that is as radically open as Duncan’s field, as receptive as it is visionary. Peregrine is a beautiful offering.”
–Matt Shears, 10,000 Wallpapers (Brooklyn Arts Press)
Caroline Goodwin‘s Peregrine is a delicate, barbed, incandescent meditation on grief and friendship and violence, infused with the difficult beauty of the natural world, elegantly paced, yet wild around the edges. Both a charm against, and a love song to the fleeting, Goodwin masterfully weaves together disparate sources– Metallica and magic, ravines and wildflowers, this work is lovely and terrifying, singular and true.
–Louise Mathias, The Traps (Four Way Books)
Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]