Tuesday, August 12, 2008
TWO REVIEWS: FORMS OF INTERCESSION
Michelle Tooker reviews Forms of Intercession on THE FEMINIST REVIEW
Forms of Intercession
By Jayne Pupek
Forms of Intercession by poet and counselor, Jayne Pupek, is filled with haunting, powerful poems that will leave any reader open-mouthed. I like to think Pupek garnered much of her inspiration from her work in psychology, not from her own life experiences, though the subject matter in Forms of Intercession is truly heart wrenching either way.
READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW HERE
CL Bledsoe also wrote a review published in GHOTI MAGAZINE:
Forms of Intercession, poems by Jayne Pupek. Bay City, MI: Mayapple Press. $15.95. 2008.
Pupek opens with the title poem, “Forms of Intercession,” which introduces many of the themes of the book, “These days, I’m torn between picking scabs/ and charting my future in the stars”, Pupek says. The scabs, of course, could be taken to imply emotional wounds, and later, the poem states, “At forty-three, I’m too old to wait on a redeemer./ Sometimes you must intercede on your own behalf.” It is a call to action that resonates fiercely, especially when balanced with the world-imagery earlier, ranging from critics, “If you came with a dull knife, go home”, to much more sinister dangers. The thrill of her honesty is invigorating; Pupek isn’t donning rose-colored glasses, choosing to ignore the horrors of the world; she is simply choosing to persevere.
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