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Conjuring the literature of the desert, such as If There Were Anywhere But Desert by Edmond Jabès, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey, and Land of Little Rain by Mary Austin, Jami Macarty’s The Minuses beckons attention to ecological and feminist issues and the co-incidence of eating disorders, sexual harassment, family and intimate partner violence, homelessness, ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published March 6th 2020 by Center for Literary Publishing
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Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Jami Macarty's poetry book, "The Minuses,” offers a realistic yet poetic world to wonder and learn within. Many of her poems are environmental place poems set in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona. In the poems and in footnotes she highlights environmental damage, or minuses. Her poems encompass much loss, grief, and violence.

In the opening section title poem (The Minuses) she writes, “the minuses count the ways” this is a direct notice to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem “How Do I Love Thee, let me
Charles Kell
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Jami Macarty's first full-length collection, The Minuses, is a stirring and prescient excavation of identity, environment, and the necessity for creation in times of strife.

What jumps out is Macarty's masterful attention to detail--lines and images that strike and reverberate. For example, in "Logic of Opposites," a landscape is described: "Under fraction of crooking stamens: remnant sea, limestone strata. // Asphalt accelerates the day shift toward rainbow's double blues" (23). Here, the juxtap
John Barger
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Minuses is visionary: “Called abruptly to my knees,” says Macarty, “I sent myself into the desert to become a third person.”

Macarty’s poetic voice incorporates opposites, as both spiritual and physical, figurative and literal. A person is “A burning fragment // in the menagerie of the surviving world ...” These are almost devotional poems, happening at an intersection between ecology and spirit: “From what depth, the whales surface, puncture // a new hemisphere, gray embryos curled : in the
Ace Boggess
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rich, lyrical poetry. Macarty has put together a collection of blistering poems with a softer side as well. The cover sums up the contents: a bright patch of footing in a stormy darkness, as in these lines from "Reverse of Shadow":

"Music plays whether we dance or not

Whether a light is on or off

Do I know when to turn my back on what I previously trusted

Shade is not meant to hide but to illuminate the other"

The reader is, at times, left not knowing what to feel. This uncertainty is powerful, forci
Anita L. August
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The poems are lyrical and crafted with precision. The title is prophetic during this time. Rereading it and am blown away with a new perspective! Love It! Share it with someone struggling through the gaps--they will return to Macarty's poems again and again. So glad I got it, not knowing it would resonate through the noise of a pandemic. ...more
J.I. Kleinberg
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To read a poem in Jami Macarty's spare and incisive collection, The Minuses, is to open a museum drawer and gaze on the precise specimen within. Here the poet has disposed of feathers and flesh to give us the mysteries that remain: the desert-scoured artifacts of nature, memory, absence, and love. ...more
Gary Lundy
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so magical, so honest, so fresh. I'll dig into it a few more times for sure, and it will be one of those I return to in the years to come. Jami Macarty ought to feel so proud of their writing. There wasn't a place where I found myself kind of rushing through, or my mind wandering. Simply an amazing book. ...more
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