Saturday poetry pick: The World’s Tallest Disaster

I’m a process geek–and part of that involves structure. I love looking at the structure of poems and the structure of books, and The World’s Tallest Disaster, by Cate Marvin, gave me plenty to enjoy.In the book, the first poem is “Dear Reader,” the first poem of the second section is “Dear Petrarch,” and the final poem is “The Readership.”

The imagery is volatile–but then there’s the way Ms. Marvin weaves different voices in the poems, and the way she uses repetition in the poems. Some of my favorites were “Cry Heard, Far Off,” “Cigarillo,” and “Dear Petrarch.” Enjoy.