On Washington Independent Review of Books’ September 2018 Best Books List.
A collection that explores spaces in order to probe the fraught interplay of matter and spirit, desire and monstrosity, the created and the uncreated.
The title Blood Labors is a double entendre: labors as both the thing and the action. Split into four sections, which act as musical movements more than section breaks, there are poems about space and matter, the human impulse to create, and the artist’s work.
XI. Fecundity (in “Downstream”) from Blood Labors
And all shall be well, and all manner of thing Shall grow through and out of me like a body Made of light, my feet rooted in the planet's Lucent pool, its waters reflecting sky Out of which flower fields unfold their flesh, Such benignly eloquent wordless bouquets, Everything efflorescence, sexy material ghost Of me, immaculately maculate quickening Life, bone-house birdhouse (the human hidden In the heart's whorled foliage) and the blueHaloes upholding twin swans curving whitely— In me you will find no sunset, only sunrise.