&s by C. Kubasta
Ampersands—twisted & elegant—quick symbols of joining, of expansion. How we twine together, how we tangle. C. Kubasta’s nimble poems “caliper and figure the landscape of pain.” Of metamorphosis, she writes, “But sometimes we become less than what we were/and it is no tragedy…I say this/because I have been dreaming of other lives.” Bemused & wise, her poems celebrate nipples & misunderstandings. Poignant & searing, her deft poems confront memory & death & family estranged.
~ Peggy Shumaker, author of Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica
In C. Kubasta’s &s, we enter the world of the body where “everything becomes gnashing teeth.” In poems as wide ranging in subjects such as fallopian tubes and Ortho-cept, we are led through an investigation of longing, where “desire/ is both a moving toward, and a hiding/ from.”
Kubasta’s work is a reminder that, despite pain and the lack of control over our bodies, we are resilient. We endure.
~ Julie Brooks Barbour, author of Small Chimes and Beautifully Whole
Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]