March 15, 2009

Review by Christian Ward

by Laurie Blauner

Cherry Grove Collections
P.O. Box 541106
Cincinnati, OH 45254-1106
ISBN 9781934999264
2008, 84 pp., $18.00

Seattle based writer Laurie Blauner’s Wrong is a collection of lyrical poems well worth reading. Blauner has a refreshingly original voice and is unflinchingly honest in her writing, two qualities which I admire in a poet.

Divided in three sections entitled “Weightless,” “Allegations” and “Snap and Crackle,” the poems in Wrong explore the human condition to help make sense of the emotions felt by the speaker in her experiences.

Blauner uses metaphors of weightlessness to question the certainty of life and show us how nothing is what it seems. Natural phenomenons such as weather, for instance, are personified and sexualized. Even the human body is not immune and is shown in many different forms, like the reflections seen in a magic mirror.

The naked male body is “pornographic as the wind’s touch” and an “abandoned ship” in “The Emperor’s Wife” and is gradually transformed into a symbol of abandonment by the speaker, who realizes that it is empty as “the suggestion of vows and smiles” and chooses to stay even though she won’t be able “to stop him from walking out that door.”

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