Saint Twin by Sarah Burgoyne
Finalist for The A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry in 2016
Saint Twin is a collection of story poems, short lyrics, long walks, tiny chapters and fake psalms. The poems explore themes of absurdity, loss, and wonder, and make their way through intuitive leaps from speaker to speaker, scene to scene, sometimes (but not always) hunting for a holy other, or the holiness of the Other. The structure is unique, challenging and pleasurable: over the course of this generous debut collection, sequences begin, disappear, and then reappear, weaving among the stand-alone poems. The poems play with the elements of the fable, myth and drunken reportage, freely using or abandoning traditional elements of syntax and grammar. Saint Twin reveals that ancient pipe slowing cracking under the house during a birthday party.
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