REVIEW OF THE NERVOUS FILAMENTS
A review of The Nervous Filaments has just appeared,
written by Kay Cosgrove, in Gulf Coast. The review is here.
Here is the second paragraph:
Lee plays on our collective emotions in The Nervous Filaments,
evoking in us a sense of something we knew in a previous life,
always bringing us back to this mysterious, and often eerie, “she”
who haunts the entire collection. “She” is washing your hair,
“and then she’s under you, / smelling of sheetrock, stained by
antibiotics” (“The Seventies”), until suddenly “she” is searching
your palm for a lifeline (“Tachycardia”). Whoever “she” is, she
moves from poem to poem, graceful and terrifying. Her placement
within the collection helps ground the reader in Lee’s world
because “she” acts as the guide, leading us through the anxious
verse that would be completely unknowable without her.
Strangely, “she” herself is unknowable, a series of contradictions,
the sometimes-lover, the sometimes-monster, the constant ghost at
our side: in her we find a piece of ourselves. We become her, if
only for a line or two, and thus we become part of the story, no
longer mere readers but actors in this strange and nervous world.
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