by Debora Lidov
Like all the masterpieces of literary realism (for which they are fit companions), the poems in Debora Lidov’s slender, relentlessly precise book Trance create by their concentration on our actual world and our actual suffering a parallel symbolic world, one whose measurements are vast and whose meanings are inexhaustible. As harrowing as these poems are, they are just as exhilarating, exquisite, liberating, and transfigured.
Accompanying a social worker on rounds in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, for whom “time off” means her own chemo treatment, Trance combines the most effective and affective elements of both documentary and lyric modes. “Patient Poet” Debora Lidov has crafted a wrenching debut for us, the still-living—we the “hybrids of machinery and flesh.”
–Christian Peet, (Tarpaulin Sky Press)
Trance casts its spell from its first daring lines—which read as medical chart notes—and rises to a boundary-less consciousness. Where few have ventured, Lidov makes meaning, and we awake to it on every page.
Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]