Tourist in Hell
Eleanor Wilner’s poems attempt to absorb the shock of the wars and atrocities of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In their litany of loss, in their outrage and sorrow, they retain the joy in life, mercy for the mortal condition, and praise for the plenitude of nature and the gifts of human artistry.
As with her six earlier collections, these poems are drawn...more
Wilner's poetry is akin to traveling. The poet herself is a well-versed (pun-obviously-intended) traveler and brings a global perspective into her scope with her collection of autonomous but partially-related poems. There are, like all poetry collections, gems that hauntingly remain with the reader with metaphors that capture: a fly-in-sap's correlation to our own desire to outwit time; a hand playing a ...more