Mayakovsky wrote, “Poetry is at its very root tendentious.”
Well, okay. Even still, there is a gap between THE FEAR OF BEING FRIGHTENED and BEING FRIGHTENED that only certain poets can close. It’s a particular wedge of empathy to make a palpable fear for our mortality. Few poets get us there, hand us over to ourselves like Samantha Giles does. This new book, “deadfalls and snares” really is a trap where the reader is helpless to do anything but SEE our ruin our torture our inescapable and very complicit gun to the head. Blink and it still reads as wrenching as it feels. Samantha Giles has given us the book we have been reading everywhere voraciously to find. Here it is. Here you are, give yourself a read, a poet has found you. ((((FUTURE POEM will be publishing her book "deadfalls and snares" in early 2014, it's one of those ESSENTIAL books you will want to own. Here is a sample:
I herded me and me and me into a room in groups of
running water faucet.