The Latin root of perceive means to seize entirely, and that's exactly what these poems do. Here there is door / just the edge of an infinite pour into motherhood, cities old and new, and the histories that comprise us. The centerpiece of the book is a series of poems revolving around a new mother, a mix of peril and ecstasy that suffuses the entire book, whether the speaker is beholding her adopted baby, a President finishing supper before declaring war, or an ambulance that dazzles like a cocktail ring.
JOY KATZ is the author of two previous books of poetry. She teaches at Chatham University and lives in Pittsburgh.