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They Talk about Death by Alessandra Bava
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it was amazing

Alessandra Bava invites her readers to a gathering of ghosts in her chapbook They Talk About Death (2014 Blood Pudding Press Chapbook Winner). This is no tear jerking exploration of authors who have died. Ms. Bava is a careful and clever spirit guide. Rimbaud, Lorca and Henry Miller live on these pages, channeled and expanded by Ms. Bava. Her poetry interlaces tenderness with beauty especially in “Milk and Bread” and “Vision.” Francesca Woodman is captured “dancing amidst shafts of light” in the poem “Taxidermy.” Ms. Bava’s dark humor comes through as Plath and Sexton chat over wine; Salome makes decorating plans for John the Baptist’s head. The Exquisite Corpse game that she plays with Henry Miller is delightful. Ms. Bava “carves her own poems” The cuts are sure and deep. She has transformed her beloved artists into people of flesh and feeling. They escape their myths and breathe again in this chapbook

Alessandra Bava’s most recent chapbook is Diagnosis (dancing girl press, 2015)
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February 16, 2015 – Shelved

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