A Connotation Press review lauds two Spring 2014 BOA titles, Revising the Storm by Geffrey Davis and The Keys to the Jail by Keetje Kuipers, for "speaking some kind of shared, or at least complementary, language," and being "engaged in a very real, if coincidental, dialogue." Reviewer Julia Bouwsma writes, "Both Davis and Kuipers excel at rendering the physical worlds in which their poems were born." A defining characteristic pervasive in both of the poets' worlds is the language of shame. The review explores this theme, which connects the works of Davis and Kuipers: "I find myself wanting to study not just the similarities and differences in how these books view shame, but the process by which shame becomes poetic craft—how emotion manifests into words that crawl up the spine in secret, that spread across the cheeks in waves of damp, blushing heat." Davis and Kuipers profoundly express the complexities and problems of such an emotion: "Shame obscures our perceptions, impairing our ability to clearly see either the self or what we have left behind." According to the review, Revising the Storm and The Keys to the Jail both provide a way to break "the spell of shame." Click here to read the full Connotation Press review. Revising the Storm and The Keys to the Jail are available at the BOA Bookstore.
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