by Karen Green
Both an evocation of her love for her husband and an act of defiance in the face of devastating loss, Karen Green’s Bough Down is a book of dualities, probing the small spaces between lucidity and madness, desire and ambivalence, the living and the absent. In counterpoint, tiny visual collages punctuate the text, made of salvaged language and scraps of the material world. Made not to illustrate the words but as a parallel process of invocation and erasure, pilfering and remaking, each collage—and the creative act of making it—evinces the reassembling of life. The book won the 2013 Believer Poetry Award.
Ariane Fairlie reviewed the book in Kolaj #7.
Fairlie wrote in her review:
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