Best Bones by Sarah Rose Nordgren

best bonesSeries: Pitt Poetry Series

Paperback: 88 pages

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (September 4, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0822963175

ISBN-13: 978-0822963172


Reviewed by g emil reutter

There is a strange feeling as you turn the pages of Best Bones by Sarah Rose Nordgren. Something is out of kilter, unorthodox may be the proper term but I do believe original best describes the poetry of Nordgren. She is a narrative poet dwelling equally in the shadows and light of life.
In the haunting poem, Exhumation, Nordgren contrasts shadows and light throughout the poem. A gray face, greasy windows, railroad ditch, sun rise. “When the lights die you disappear”. In this terrifying poem, Nordgren’s controlled use of images is remarkable. Wrapped by I am the woman lying on her side, to the last, My Face is an aluminum dish.
I am the woman lying on her side across the van seat,
wearing a gray face, apparitional through greasy
windows as you walk past the railroad ditch
early morning on a whim, wanting to watch the sun
rise like you haven’t in years. My life is under yours: in-
consolable, bathed in drainage, a midden of cracked
bottles, swollen tampons, rusted metal sheets cast
from the clamor. You flasher of future, your liver and lung
are fleshier, pinker. When they excavate me they will find
my many napkin writings, twenty rooms I built
from twine, dictionary of waste in which I define
your failure. Meanwhile: I’ll retire to my atrium, washing
my perpetually warm body, liquid touching liquid
as it cools. The pipes are beginning to freeze. The all-night
factory shuts down at five. When the lights die you
disappear into a wooden structure and wonder
what you’ve done. Even if you’d brought your camera,
you couldn’t click me. My face is an aluminum dish.
Best Bones is a collection of poetry that is an intimate collection of gently dramatic poems that will alarm and haunt you.


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g-emil-reutter-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA)

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