Wave Books, 2010
Dara Wier's intense and original poems are wonderfully selected for
this collection, which gathers work published from 1977 to 2006. Her
poems often move by accrual and accrue insights and ironies to reach
moments of surprising knowledge and vision. Wier's surreal is a clearer
mirror than most straight-on description or linear narrative. According
to the Harvard Review, her poems recall "the philosophical comedy of
Wallace Stevens and Wislawa Szymborska." Wier is heady but grounded,
deep and friendly. In "Attitude of Rags" Wier writes:
It felt like a story sorry it'd lost all its sentences,
Like a sentence looking for its syntax.
All of the words had homeless, unemployed, orphan
Written all over their faces.
One can recognize the darkness here, just as we are grateful for Wier's
sentences, syntax, and words. Her directed and charged language is a
reminder of how vital and vivid poetry can be.