Thursday, March 24, 2011
Book Review: Sky Burial
The reader can watch the poet struggle with herself, as she tries to make sense of the tragdey that has befallen her. She speaks about it in one such poem, "In Honor of Xipe" when she says,
"When my sister died, after my parents died;
when my sister died; '-stalking your family like a serial killer,'
'Death is a serial killer,' I had said, when my sister died-"
She delves into many different cultures, including Japanese, to learn about non-American ways of death and grieving. In Zozo-Ji, the poem starts off with a description of a Japanese style of mourning:
One cry from a lone bird over a misted river
is the expression of grief,
in Japanese. Let women
do what they need.
Reading that poem was especially haunting, given recent events.
Dana Levin has once again delievered a book of poetry that is eloquent, amusingly wry and haunting. Her poetry is evolving and she as a poet as well.
Further reading: In The Surgical Theater and Wedding Day are her two previous collections.
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