One of the great strengths of this book is Flynn’s refusal to luxuriate in self-importance. Instead, he displays a consistent awareness that the poetry of war is not war itself, but dwells in the incorporeal rather than the actual.
Cassian’s strongest poems–and there are many of them in Continuum–function in this way, where the initially familiar becomes a catalyst for something pleasurably disorienting as she subverts the expectations that she initially led us to have.
Kate Angus's writing has appeared in Subtropics, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Third Coast, Verse Daily, Barrelhouse, and Poet Lore, among other places, and is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2010. She is also an editor at Augury Books. She lives in New York.