THE DEVASTATION Reviewed in LARB

THE DEVASTATION Reviewed in LARB

The Devastation by Melissa Buzzeo reviewed in The Los Angeles Review of Books by Maria Damon. Here is an excerpt from the review:

"Buzzeo’s writing in The Devastation — as in her previous books, For Want and Sound, Face, and What Began Us — is incandescent. Dealing with loss, with the use of language as a healing practice, and with catastrophe (both personal and communal) and its aftermaths, The Devastation has been described as 'a literature of encounter,' as well as "llyric exploration[s] of relation and community,' manifesting a “great capacity for openness” at the intersection of 'poetics and healing.' In an interview conducted by Bhanu Kapil, Buzzeo demonstrates the degree to which writing is, for her, a mode of survival. Hers is a generative poetics of generosity (enfolding all of generosity’s cognates, including 'gender,' 'genre,' 'generation,' and 'gentle'); she approaches truths, passionately and directly, as large philosophical questions." -- Maria Damon

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