Review Series #9: Small Mothers of Fright

Each month I review a new book for ImageUpdate. Here’s the latest.

 

Small Mothers of Fright 
by Tara Bray

Beware the omnipresent wings, the iridescent stunner on the cover: they may trick you into thinking that Small Mothers of Fright, Tara Bray’s new collection of poems, is just another lovely book about birds. True, you’ll catch sight of the creatures—thrush and kingfisher and kestrel and wren—in nearly every poem, but they are a foil for strangeness and ache and flashes of rage, all sharply revealed. “Give back your vows old heron,” she writes in “Hold Fast,” “the world’s on fire.”

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