Elee Kralji Gardiner - “Readings from ‘Serpentine Loop’”
From CTLT User on February 8th, 2019
Presentation Date: May 2, 2017 Writers, like skaters, score the blank sheet and test the edge of inclusion and exclusion. Most of these poems begin with a word from skating and push off to another topic. Others revisit ideas of femininity, control, and language as pattern, or visit the past through movement, or enact principles from the rink such as symmetry, joy, endurance, crescendo and accent, revolution, response. The blade melts ice via friction and pressure. Even though the author drifted away from skating, the language was imprinted in her — a tracing, a line extending beyond the margins. These are engaging and poignant poems about life on and off the ice.