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Squander occupies a place where “the mind’s upstairs windows [are] blown out”: a place of juxtapositional delight through sensory and conceptual dislocation. Poems based in word origins work as fables, and poems based in dialogue work within a select concordance from authors and artists. The consequent subject’s meaning is diverted and new vantage points are created. Squander’s energized music, its alliance with feeling’s final rhythm “makes us complicit” in the re-awaking of language.
About the Author
Elena Karina Byrne is the author of four poetry collections and a chapbook. A Pushcart Prize recipient, her work has been published in The Paris Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, Volt, American Poetry Review, Poetry International, Poetry Daily, Narrative, Denver Quarterly, Plume, and elsewhere. Former regional director of the Poetry Society of America, Byrne is an editor, lecturer, poetry consultant, moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and the literary programs director for the historic Ruskin Art Club.