Landscapes I & II
Landscapes I & II
“This is a bar-raising kind of collection. In future reviews and poetry readings I may sign-off or leave the room immediately with a ‘Feh! Not as good as Lewis.'”
Available in print.
Since the Alice James Book publication of Lesle Lewis’ books, Landscapes I & II and lie down too, she has published the book A Boot’s a Boot (winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Prize, 2014), and the chapbook It’s Rothko in Winter or Belgium (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). Lewis recently won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books, and her newest book, Rainy Days on the Farm, will be released from Fence in fall, 2019.
“Lewis gives us the something that is always other than the first touch. Something always lies beneath or above or beyond.”
—The Keene Sentinel
“If you think a complete sentence expresses a complete thought, forget it. Lesle Lewis’s elegant sentences non-sequitur into uncanny compilations that are never done. We feel them going on, building beyond the page. Juxtaposing the rolling rhythms of prose with distinctly poetic content, Lewis has come up with another incisively intelligent, deeply generous collection—it’s a gift to contemporary poetry.”
“In their nervous eloquence, Lesle Lewis’s surprising lines behave like brushstrokes that barely touch the page before lifting off again in the mind. Equal parts fable, modernist prose poem, philosophical investigation, and social geography, Landscapes I & II makes all these elements talk to each other through daring juxtaposition. The conversation is about the everyday workings of art and life, but its conclusions are always unpredictable. At once wildly expressionist and tightly structured, these poems delight with their agility and speed.”
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