JKS Director Michelle Naka Pierce has a dual review of her latest books She, A Blueprint and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red on Drunken Boat!
Continuous Frieze Bordering Red is a tour de force. It is inviting, exciting, immediately accessible and so elegantly turned that it’s inevitable, like an equation that generates infinite possibilities in a just-discovered universe. Recalling Raymond Queneau’s One Hundred Thousand Billion Sonnets, Pierce’s is a sturdy recombinant form. The headlong sentences, full of clear-headed observations and quick closures, compel the reader, in the second person, “you must keep moving.” From line 1 on the left page to line 1 on the right, you must cross the gutter; the sentences keep making and unmaking sense; you flip quickly, you have never read a book so fast. If you defy the “continuous frieze” across pages and choose to read the lines straight down, their fractured nonsense makes a sense of its own, of the elliptical kind we now take in stride, perhaps pretending we know how to negotiate the difficult terrain of being modern.
Read the full review here!