“Laressa Dickey’s Syncopations continues the thematic explorations of her earlier work-family, memory, the American South-but displays a depth and richness all its own. In “Two Holed Mouth,” Dickey challenges readers to “hold space for your own I; otherwise someone fi lls it.” This collection makes plenty of such space, demonstrating that Dickey isn’t just an accomplished lyric poet and aphorist; she is “a graduate of persistence and traditional courtesies,” qualities she combines in ways unique to her work. These poems show readers what can be gained once these courtesies are no longer necessary and persistence has paid off.
Readers are treated to a poet in full command of her art who is willing to share the benefits of her hard-won knowledge, making this a truly essential collection.” -MATT DUFFUS
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