Read ➭ The Traps Author Louise Mathias –

The Traps Weaving Together Violence And Beauty The Beginning Of War Was Also A Blossom The Traps Is A Lyric Collection That Refuses A Straight Forward Narrative Rather, Each Poem Uses Images To Evoke An Array Of Emotions Passion, Terror, Longing These Compact, Yet Intricate Poems Explore Traps In The Word S Many Connotations Whether We Are In The Narrowest Spaces Or Tied To The Rafters, We Are Tempted, Lured, And Ambushed Mathias The Traps is a collection I can return to over and over and always take away something new from each poem I wanted to write a poem tonight, The Traps lent me a hand. I stumbled upon this book on Four Way s website It sounds silly, but I was impressed with the cover art and a few beautiful excerpts I found online, and then a couple of days later it was waiting in my mailbox A note about cover art I think a beautiful cover is huge indicator that that the author or publisher likely have good taste and understand that books have to seduce, otherwise, nobody will pick them up These poems are sinister, lovely and lean Mathias cuts straight to the bone with them, but she doesn t stop there it s as if she snaps the bones in half and drips the marrow all over the pages The writing is so sparse and so personal, that at times I felt the poems excluded the reader a touch, but not in an unpleasing way.Parts I loved skeleton coast Which is to say, it s a difficult place here, God Do you relate to the dove or the snake Would you rather be harmless or stupid tastes slightly of antique silver, of April in Denver Collared doves I watched in their cage I think of the year I spent not watching birds Undoing the want takes a long, long time Sometimes you never Border towns of citrus and blood Precise and wrenching so very beautiful.

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