Small Hours

Small Hours

by Ilyse Kusnetz

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BN ID: 2940149908868
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 12/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 730 KB

About the Author

Poet and journalist Ilyse Kusnetz earned her MA in creative writing from Syracuse University and her PhD in contemporary feminist and post-colonial British literature from the University of Edinburgh. Her poetry has appeared in "Crab Orchard Review", "The Cincinnati Review", "Crazyhorse", "Stone Canoe", "Rattle", and other journals and anthologies. Her chapbook, "The Gravity of Falling", was published in 2006. She teaches at Valencia College and is married to the poet Brian Turner.

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Small Hours 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SiobhanMFallon More than 1 year ago
Ilyse Kusnetz’s Small Hours is riveting. The collection is full of little known (and often bizarre) episodes in history, each told in gut-wrenching, perfectly crafted poems, each a jewel. My head is filled with images of match girls leaning over chemical vats, dipping the splinters of wood, then licking the sulfur to make the tips stiff, or the bones of Rontgen's wife's hand caught in X-ray (“…the first X-ray ever created was proof of his love:/ Portrait of a hand with wedding ring, diamond and band/ like Saturn perched on her finger, each joint a moon”), or the painting of Jan Provoost’s Annunciation with its ungainly dove (“What can I say? You wanted/ doves in their alluvial grace,/ a fanfare of trumpets? Let’s face it./ Sometimes it’s the chicken / who brings us the news—every flawed,/ graceless thing we must/ take into ourselves and transform.”) Kusnetz tackles everything from dementia, concentration camps, sadistic Roman emperors, the theft of Galileo's finger. Her searing poetry shows that even the darkest times have moments of incredible light. A must read.