By Michelle Penaloza
landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) is poet Michelle Penaloza's first book.
Praise For landscape/heartbreak:
Peñaloza's poignantly attractive landscape/heartbreak is greater than a set of breakup poems, its personal veritable culture in American poetry. Hers is a chain that plumbs the that means of what it capacity to like, sacrificing to mystery away bits and items of one's self whose different elements stay scattered on corners, in parks, and bridges. This assortment is ready the company of reconciling thoughts and ghosts, the longevity in studying tips to breathe back. —Major Jackson
I’ve been in love with landscape/heartbreak due to the fact ahead of it used to be written, from the instant I first discovered of Michelle Peñaloza’s wild inspiration: to map heartbreak. What if strangers instructed their tales whereas wandering the avenues and backstreets of a urban? What if trauma may be healed one footfall at a time? Peñaloza enacts an city alchemy, remodeling the walkers’ own struggles into paintings and thereby coming in the direction of her personal chronic ghosts. a suite for somebody who has ever had her (or his) center stomped on. this implies so much people. a robust and fascinating
debut. —Susan Rich
The question—"What damage you into poetry?"—lies on the middle of Michelle Peñaloza's landscape/heartbreak. And her poems urge us to hunt the reply, following Peñaloza's speaker on her sojourn the place strolling and respiring create the meditative cadence to lull the physique into the ecstatic kingdom useful for conjuration. From the wonderful thing about those poems emerge the ghosts of these loves that experience splintered us into jagged items. As we traverse Peñaloza's lyrical panorama, the "sueded/beads of unopened wild poppies" and "renegade ferns/growing upon the stumps of outdated docks" soft over the serrated edges of what cuts us deep. it is a significant and haunting assortment. —Oliver de los angeles Paz
As you learn this striking assortment, chances are you'll imagine that every poem starts with humans strolling via a urban. yet then, expensive reader, that it truly is now not humans within the distance, for you have been invited at the trip to boot. those poems will delivery you're keen on that, after which they're going to stroll beside you thru a panorama of heartache and longing. whereas there, "You can glance back," Peñaloza writes, "remember the tales underneath all this shine." And those tales do shine. and you'll bear in mind them. —Matthew Olzmann