Praise for Prospect/Refuge
"The word 'you' can be a richly unstable referent in poetry, so when Elaine Sexton titles the center poem of her new book “About You,” the “you” is “always an approximation,” “cross-cultural, cross-gendered, ambi-everything.” Her smart manifesto, “Poetry and Smoke,” proclaims “I’m for a poetry that makes order from disorder. And sometimes takes it back.” What she takes it back to, aside from the faceted self, is a kind of nakedness she finds in the painting of Lucien Freud, where the self is freed from the clichés of gender and beauty and a truer and more vulnerable human comes forward. Prospect/Refuge is an insightful, well-crafted book and puts Elaine Sexton among the best poets writing now."
"In her third, most agile collection, Sexton not only “makes order of disorder and sometimes takes it back,” but also divulges a private periodic table that makes the reader privy to hidden elements of being—read it and delight!"
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