Reality In Bloom by Annette Covrigaru
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Reality In Bloom is a tense and scrupulous navigation of tradition, ancestry, land, religion, and gender. The poems work to extrapolate a splendid radium of identity by sifting through the detritus of memory, both inherent and inherited. From Israel/Palestine to New York, between pasts lived and unlived, Covrigaru leads the reader through the sometimes nebulous, sometimes traumatic, ruins, gardens, catacombs of their own excavation. Yes, the solid state of the self is called into question, but so are the selves of lineage, the atavistic selves, culminating in a dialectic of divergence and acceptance, as if there exists in everyone an ineffable substance of belonging, an inscrutable link to which we are most powerless and most ourselves. Covrigaru's poetry is deft in its delineation of these irreconcilable truths.
Annette Covrigaru (b. 1992) is a gay, bigender American-Israeli writer and photographer. They are a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominated Lambda Literary Fellow and Holocaust Studies M.A. Their poetry, nonfiction and essays have appeared in Peach Mag, Yes, Poetry and Hey Alma, among others, and are collected at annettecovrigaru.com. They live and roller skate in Brooklyn.