Praise for lucky wreck
Ada’s new book has a smart clip of anger to some of the poems, edgy parameters of disappointment to others, lots of personal relationship narratives, conflicts and emotional realizations; decisions, choices, changes, hopes and sadness, a type of survival poetry searching the world, getting into a deeper knowledge of people, and as the searchlight strobes out from the lighthouse through the fog and mist to lost travelers and explorers, structure changes toward an inventive orthodoxy of the heart’s stormy reign . . . bravo.
—Jimmy Santiago Baca
From the first lines of lucky wreck, I was drawn in by this smart, jaunty, musing, quirky voice.
However, it is the final poem, ‘Thirteen Feral Cats,’ that creates a whole from the individual ‘parts’ of the collection. In doing so, lucky wreck progresses from desire, violence, and ambiguity, to an acceptance and even a praise of ‘the walls / and all the parts of us they manage to hold so dearly.’
—Front Porch Journal