This stunning collection of lyric poems celebrates the fierce beauty of what it means to be fully alive in these challenging times and the unique role that art and art-making play in that. How and why do we make art? How does it make us?
Swimming through both grief and praise, these finely-honed poems navigate a journey of creation and self-creation, seeking acceptance and wholeness in the midst of life's trials.
Crafted in the form of a three-part aria, the poems explore and interrogate the extraordinary aspects of language, art and music and their reflections in the natural world and in our lived experiences. Juxtaposing wonder and horror, mystery and rapture, the poems pay homage equally to the physical world and the realms of the imagination and the spirit.
With probing keenness, the poet asks questions that are left ringing in the reader, calling us to greater aliveness and participation. Maxima Kahn gives voice to the unsayable and vision to the invisible, bringing a vivid intensity to the page and casting a spell with words that lingers.