This is not a book review. But I suppose it could be classified as an introduction review. Gallery of Post Cards and Maps by Susan Rich arrived yesterday. I have read a few poems in it and intend to sit down with it later today again to read.
I read the forward written by Ilya Kaminsky yesterday as soon as the book arrived. The words Kaminsky close to describe both the collection of works and the poet herself wove an extraordinary image that caused me to rethink the whole concept of forwards to poetry collections.
Honestly, I've read nothing this compelling as a forward, ever in a poetry collection. I have now Susan Rich for probably more than a decade, read several of her books, and know well the many strengths Kaminsky argues that she brings to her work. He even reminded me of things about her that I had forgotten.
Susan Rich is indeed a well traveled poet. I would consider her among many other things, an international poet. She has the gift of opening up parts of the world like they were a bud on a flower steam. Her work is full of imagery and often surrealist content.
I'm anxious to continue my journey with Susan through this gallery of postcards and maps in her poetry.
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