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John Perlman:

1818 Phillips Place
Charleston IL, 61920

12 pp.

A showcase of Perlman's gorgeous, symmetrical, seamless work. Visual poetry is finely honed here, and the form suggests the subject--a contemplation of the relations between word and world. "A Prayer of St. Basil's" skirts the margins of erasure, and touches on an individual's horror of nothingness and extermination. If one cannot be included in the picture, does one cease to exist? "Willis Ave. Bridge" contains a similar poignancy, and a sense of mourning for a self that is always on the edge of loss, or (tragically) self-erasure.--Susan Smith Nash

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #3,
Copyright Burning Press 1993, 1995.

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