MAYA SOLOVEJ lives and works in NYC. She received her BA in comparative literature from the University of Copenhagen in 2014 and has written book reviews for Atlas Magazine, a Danish publication.
We learned in school that funeral elegies / Laments and threnodies / were reserved for big public occasions / And so the classical poets sang / Of heroes who fell valiantly in battle, writes Edward Hirsch in his brilliant new book-length poem Gabriel: A Poem, a glistening and sorrow filled story about the loss and mourning of child.
Barretts stories suggest urgent appeal. Each one moves seductively between a variety of registers and moods, from ugly, awkward sentences to beautiful, lyrical ones. His prose is precise down to the most idiosyncratic descriptions.