Saturday poetry pick: Impossible Lessons

This week I had the pleasure of reading Impossible Lessons, by Jennifer Bullis (MoonPath Press). I first encountered Jennifer’s poems at Cascadia Review, and recently I was fortunate to meet Jennifer in person.

I enjoyed the way these poems deftly work and play with language ((basal and basil in “Basal Cell Carcinoma”), the way they juxtapose ideas (the horse, swallows, and criticism in “Among Swallows and Horses, Working Out My Post-Critical Subjecthood”).

From the very first, “Start What You Finish,” these poems and their impossible lessons walk with one foot in the concrete world of nature and the other in the surreal nature of myths to create an inviting, intriguing tension between what we see, what we think we know, and what stories we must turn to, even in this scientific age to understand the world or our own pasts.

For another link, I will send you to “Crossing the Methow at the Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge” on the MoonPath site.


One Reply to “Saturday poetry pick: Impossible Lessons”

  1. Joannie, thank you so much for your wonderfully generous words here. I’m very grateful for your attention to my book!

    A lovely coincidence: while waking up this morning, I was reading *your* gorgeous new book, In Both Hands, and was riveted by a passage in the poem “Impossibly Multiplied.” I’ve been struggling to draft an ekphrastic poem about an Emily Carr painting, and the imperative mode of your “To stand by the edge / of the day…” passage suggests the perfect voice for me to use for getting unstuck.

    My thanks to you for all of this. I’m so grateful I got to meet you in Redmond and excited to continue exploring your books!

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