Thicket Poems by Melanie Janisse Barlow
Melanie Janisse-Barlow's second book of poetry, THICKET, is a treatise on the risk and uncertainties of language in the modern world. In poems that gather and collect force page after page, THICKET negotiates humankind's overwhelming desire to communicate, and the discomfort that comes with the process of entanglement/disentanglement. When Janisse-Barlow writes of a "thousand awkward conversations," she's working away at the knots of language, unraveling and recombining the threads to create self-styled lyric essays. THICKET is a linguistic tour de force.