Review: Deaccessioned Landscapes by Jonathan Brannen

Deaccessioned Landscapes Deaccessioned Landscapes by Jonathan Brannen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
As usual the blurbs on the back are completely overblown. Brannen does not illuminate ” the zone of language that operates between” as Cole Swensen promises…in fact, language has very little to do with it. Yeah, there’s certain qualities of speech being teased out, but come on. The book’s construction (kind of a dual- or mirror-esque layout of 2 poems facing eachother) was tiring and honestly I think the whole book could have drastically improved if Brannen had simply dropped his concept and started running for it. The writing was willing, but eh.

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