Unpredictive chemistry

The bloodbeat of evocative language
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August 2021, no. 434

Unpredictive chemistry

The bloodbeat of evocative language
by
August 2021, no. 434

Trigger Warning by Maria Takolander University of Queensland Press, $24.99 pb, 100 ppTrigger Warning by Maria Takolander

University of Queensland Press, $24.99 pb, 100 pp

Maria Takolander’s fourth book of poetry, Trigger Warning, is a sharp and arresting collection, fierce in its emotions and determination to make language do the hard work of speaking that which hovers at the edge of articulation. This is a poetics that traces everywhere the lurking presence of the disruptive – in domestic life, in global crises, even in our most intimate experiences. Takolander’s courageous poetry becomes both a landscape in which to inscribe what is unbearable and a sphere in which it might be, at least partially, managed.

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