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The poems in Sheila Squillante’s debut collection, Beautiful Nerve, are meant to unsettle. They draw on our anxieties and fears—somatic, linguistic, metaphoric—leading us somewhere somehow calming in its familiarity but troublingly unsteady: a bridge that ends abruptly as you cross it, the doomed deck of a haunted ship, a three-cornered room, the cutlery drawer, a table wh ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published 2015 by Tiny Hardcore Press
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This small, squarish volume with its dreamy trees is the perfect little package for Squillante's strangely haunting collection. These poems, prose-poems, and nanofictions create an intimate place lit with precise, musical language where everyday thoughts bump anxiously against surreal scraps to make their own kind of irrational logic. One of my favorites is a weirdly metafictional prose piece called "Scenic" where "bang—you're a novelist and someone says I wish I had such a plot as you." An imag ...more
I'm not very good at explaining why I like poetry, and I'm not really sure I ever understand it in a literal sense. I just sort of...eat it, I guess you could say. And this little volume was quite nourishing and tasty. I did catch one reference (I think!) to one of my favorite shows ever, Six Feet Under--I hope I am right. :)