Sunday, October 16, 2022
About the winning selection of Sundog Poetry’s yearly Vermont poetry book contest Benjamin Aleshire wrote the following about Bag of Tools in Seven Days: “This unusually rich variety of lived experiences makes Bags and Tools a pleasure to read."
Divided into four sections, the author confronts the dread of the pandemic, recounts personal adventures from his wild years, and muses about subjects global and local. Composed almost entirely in rhyme and meter, the book is also an impressive feat of formalism — especially since the gorgeous musicality in Fleming's poems never gets in the way of what the author is communicating.”
Camille Guthrie's new book Diamonds abounds with witty resilience. In these irreverent poems about grief and desire—in which the poet meditates upon gender roles, history, pop culture, and academia. Guthrie subverts and teases traditional forms in an elegy about Sylvia Plath’s prom dress, a dating profile for Hieronymus Bosch, a sestina about beauty and power—with radical dramatic monologues in the voices of Madame du Barry, a Pict Woman, and more.
Unlike Virgil, who refuses to guide this poet through her journey at midlife, Guthrie leads readers by the hand into a provoking, affecting journey of a break-up and a reconciliation with love.