Sarah Anne Cox
Sarah Anne Cox has written a startlingly
fine book, prompted from the investigating intelligence of a philosopher-poet
unswerved by allegiance to system. Her questions--"clauses of effort
and fear"--make immediate demands upon grammar's comfort and holding
action, as they pry open the ear to a newly sounded scale of voice you
may almost recognize. This is a visionary work, at once peripheral, diasporic,
clustered, cocooned and exploded in its claim on our relation to contemporary
Arrival is a poetry of experience, exuberant. It
is a series of arrivals, a grammar of flowers and stones, a "brightly
colored order," ardor. Arrival is a poetry of attention and
consideration, homologies of war and peace, inside and outside, paradox
of imbrication. This ramified Arrival examines and addresses circumstance
from every position including full frontal. The rhythms of Cox's lustrous
book resonate and greet you with pleasure, with surprise.
Sarah Anne Cox is the author of two chapbooks Home of Grammar (Double Lucy, 1997) and definite articles (a+bend 1999). Her work has also appeared in Technologies of Measure, an anthology of bay area women poets. She lives in San Francisco where she teaches, windsurfs and cares for her son.