“Smith has bravely taken the idea of the page as a canvas for words further than many have previously dared. The poems make us aware of both the placing of the words as the words themselves; since these poems subject is place and memory, fragmentation is an appropriate response and tool.”
That’s about the most succinct understanding of the book so far; Loydell (correctly, I think) points to the concrete poems of “Archipelago” as less interesting (my favorite part is “Exile”). A pointed, targeted, right-on response with no barbed references to my egregious (arrogant, ambitious) personality. Thanks RL.
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