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Hush Sessions

byKristi Maxwell

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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The notion of exchange circulates throughout Kristi Maxwell’s superlative second collection of poetry, Hush Sessions. In a series of utterly unique poetic experiences, things transform or transfer: superstition becomes science, and bodies become texts to read. In addition, family mythologies become sites of substitution and a borderland where irrationality and rationalization touch. Kristi Maxwell’s poetry reminds us that words, like objects, do not exist in a singular state, and their multiplicity is activated through perception: “a veil during/ the trying on rather than the pride of/ the dress.” As Fanny Howe says, Maxwell’s poems “have pure, ephemeral lines that suggest much thought about time and utterance, yet they float free without any need for explanation.”
KRISTI MAXWELL is the author of Realm Sixty-Four, a meditation on the chess-playing automaton called The Turk.
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Title:Hush SessionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 7.48 × 5.56 × 0.23 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Saturnalia BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0981859135

ISBN - 13:9780981859132

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The notion of exchange circulates throughout Kristi Maxwell’s superlative second collection of poetry, Hush Sessions. In a series of utterly unique poetic experiences, things transform or transfer: superstition becomes science, and bodies become texts to read. In addition, family mythologies become sites of substitution and a borderland where irrationality and rationalization touch. Kristi Maxwell’s poetry reminds us that words, like objects, do not exist in a singular state, and their multiplicity is activated through perception: “a veil during/ the trying on rather than the pride of/ the dress.” As Fanny Howe says, Maxwell’s poems “have pure, ephemeral lines that suggest much thought about time and utterance, yet they float free without any need for explanation.” “The wildly whispered and often mind-blowing poems in Kristi Maxwell’s Hush Sessions go to the heart of the matter beneath one’s breath—that is, the experiences and perceptions beneath the breath of language itself—especially those bits of us that can’t quite withstand the volume of the loud light of day. With lyrical abandon and an inside-out attentiveness to the echoes and shadows of our most depth-charged particles, these poems blast off in every direction at once, ever mindful of the notion that to sing a song interestingly, one has not only to hear it as it is and as it might be, but also as it isn’t and won’t. Maxwell sings in deeply interesting—not to mention moving—ways: atmospheric, subversive, and gorgeously close.” - Matt Hart