She writes, “what if I split it open / melon ripe and red / let them all out” but there is no “what if” about it as these beautiful poems dispatch us around the world where everyone awaits. The vivid reimagined anatomy of the page in Megan Kaminski’s brilliant Deep City is host to the unexpected “slide from languid to louche” listening with our enthusiastic ears. You will be wild about this book with me!
In Deep City Megan Kaminski continues her role as cartographer of desire, of longings both “feudal,” futile, and refined. Her delicate poems loiter at the intersection of bodies and letters (both alphabetic and epistolary), where objects and imagination collude. Kaminski’s poems beautifully illustrate how our sense perceptions insistently puncture through even the most rational arrangement. Deep City—not so much a place as a literary pleasure.
Megan Kaminski is the author of one previous collection of poetry, Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), as well as nine chapbooks. She currently lives in Lawrence, KS, where she is Assistant Professor of Poetry Writing at the University of Kansas and the founder and curator of the Taproom Poetry Series.
$15 Paperback | Published 2015