As if to heed Hecate’s rebuke, to show the dire glory of her art, Szporluk’s poems speak with a voice unhinged by an unyielding despair. Teeming with submerged violence and opaque anger, they swirl, futile, in the face of our helpless human finitude, “our speck of pig-universe.”
Out of reverence for the body’s irreducibility, Mort’s keeps strictly close to the phenomenal world, thereby freeing her imagination to honor all the body’s modes: five-fold sensuality, hunger as well as lust, youth and aging, selfishness and tender community.
Chloe Joan Lopez is a poet, a recent convert to the writing of fiction, and now a critic. Her first poetry collection, recently awarded the Elixir Press Editor's Prize, is forthcoming in 2013. Recognized in 2006 by the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Artist Grant Program, her poetry has also appeared in such journals as Mississippi Review, St. Petersburg Review, and DIAGRAM, as well as in a chapbook, Quodlibet (New Michigan Press, 2009). She is now at work on a new collection, a sequence of short stories, and a chimerical novel in verse and prose. The progress of such fancies can be tracked at chlojolo.com or @chlojolo on Twitter.