Things Burn to Keep Us Warm
Arriving from San Francisco's spoken word scene, Daphne Gottlieb has allowed her provocative and encompassing prose to be played by her readers in their heads. Her second book, Why Things Burn, gives little notice to punctuation or sentence structure and leaves us to pick through her fiery words. Never mind the grammar, this is hot.
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Review by Hilary Jirka
These poems by Gottlieb burn glow off the page and trickle into the atmosphere, leaving a vagrant scent like tobacco that is poisonous not to the lungs but to the heart and mind. Why Things Burn is probably not what you would expect from someone with a Master's in poetry, but then again, maybe we all need a sharp slap to the face.