"Wizards respect, and almost trust, reason. Liz Waldner is a powerful wizard. She conjures an echo chamber of verse, and in it she unslays the dragon with (s)wordplay of every kind. We watch open-mouthed, but especially listen, open-eared, as her sparks flash, as desire rises like moist wind from her 'probably lavender throat,' as she tastes the 'the might/but couldn't . . . bee,' that stinger, in phrases erotic and convolute as seashell."
"In Dark Would (as in Dante's) (the missing person) (as in 'I came to myself . . . the right way lost') Waldner deepens and intensifies the concerns of her previous three books: 'the habit of invisibility,' the healing 'by being broken anew,' the 'visible body,' the 'anonymous blood,' the 'how much do I owe you.' Longing: see me. Longing: don't. To each its other, and the self somewhere between, or dressed in drag, or 'in the wrong skin' or androgynous, or water, or masked—or not. The s/he of it all. Waldner's leaps and shorthand, her fast and sometimes playful associations through rhyme and pun, her willingness to let language carry her into unexpected realms—all this creates a whirlwind that one remains caught in long after one has put the book down. Not a world, but a universe. Waldner's at her best yet—she's flying"
"Waldner's irrepressibly odd lyric sequences leap from Steinian abstraction to sexual comedy in the space of a pun or the dash between parts of a sentence. . . . Walder dramatizes her fascination with fragments, impenetrabilities and Renaissance science (e.g., Galileo) not just with fireworks of diction or verbal rambles, but with well-constructed couplets and sentences about the fractured psyche."
"By reconstructing the language, line, syntax, and sense of those who came before, this poet creates a new sort of intensely personal poetics."
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