the explosive and dramatic retelling of the war between love and gravity

Sarah A. Scherrer

'War and Gravity' focuses on Scherrer's past relationships with male figures ranging from lovers to God in an explosive, often wrenching manner. Her poetry is raw and cutting, with an instinctual and stunning grasp of sound and fury rare in so young a writer. She goes tearing down the page, image by image, blow by cry, indifferent to connectives, but always in intimate, soul-banging contact with the psyche.

Elements that traditionally guide the reader’s perception of objective events or cater to his needs or tastes are often defiantly missing. Why not? She stands in the wake of Olson, Sexton, and Plath. She is a contemporary of Ashbery.


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