Stacy Szymaszek's hart island reviewed in The Boston Review

Stacy Szymaszek's hart island reviewed in The Boston Review

Dale Smith reviews Stacy Szymaszek's hart island

"Stacy Szymaszek’s recently published hart island is an elegiac poem written as a notebook by the living for the dead, with richly-textured serial verse forms covering the years 2008-2010. While the title and a brief credit acknowledgment bring awareness to Hart Island as a framing concept, Szymaszek also draws on quotes heard and “misheard” from poetry readings at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, where she works as the director. Phrases by authors like Keith Waldrop (“the calming effect of contact”), Steve Carey (“ghost proposals”), and Alice Notley (“life has its sub rosa hell”) bring a multi-vocal community of texts to Szymaszek’s own lyric plenitude. The multiplicity of enfolded images, observations, and historical acknowledgments creates an evolving textual design, and conveys her social awareness and personal stance toward New York City’s managed environments for the living as well as the dead." - Dale Smith

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