The Maynard‘s approach to reviewing is now one of our favorites! The way their conversation builds and explores Charles’s debut collection is both deeply interesting and pleasurable to read.
The attraction and guilt seem to be interwoven somehow, nothing here is straightforward: ‘It’s silly to call time a linear / palimpsest’ (“In a Dark Room,” 11). This brings me to how the overall structure of the book and the poems conjure mirrors, copies, Doppelgängers. These are mechanisms of self-examination, as well as imagined forms of possible escape. The poems seem to suggest that self-examination and escape are inseparable.
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