103.1: Louise Mathias:: Silt & Elk River Road & Admonishment & The Cartesian Other & Still
7 May 2012
I love the brevity and compression of these poems by Louise Mathias. Routinely, they aim towards a combination of disjunction, beauty, and the grotesque, but each one achieves this in a deliberately unique and characteristically bizarre and lovely way. They compel me to agree with Louise Glück’s admission that, she is attracted “to ellipsis, to the unsaid, to suggestion, to eloquent, deliberate silence.” Where the poems lack in “abundance” they thrive in their economy and in what her speaker withholds. Take for example “Admonishment,” which both fulfills its title’s promise and seems to withhold its own secrets as well: