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Lush imagery, beckoning history, curious interactions, elusive dreams, and existential questions fuse in this prose poetry collection, the fifth by Donna Stonecipher. She resides in Berlin and translates from both French and German.


The divorced man sat at his desk pretending to work but really imagining getting stuck
in an elevator with his ex-wife. His theory was as follows: forced to sit with him once more in
close quarters for many hours, she would have no choice but to remember why she had once
fallen so vertiginously in love. He looked at the clock on his computer, which did not tick and
had no hands. The elevator is the safest form of transportation there is.

Reviewed by Matt Sutherland

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