open book by Valerie Coulton

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"In a triptych of agile forms, this marvelous book faces the foreign frankly and openly, opening it up and making openings for it, ultimately bringing it within, without domesticating it even slightly. At its center is the truely astonishing "open book," written in a startlingly inventive hybrid genre that plays narrative off against rapid-fire associations and saucy meta-fictional echoes. The whole works seemlessly and shows an extremely accomplished poet surpassing herself to enter brand new territory, territory that manages to be both foreign and intimate at the same time." 

—Cole Swensen