I'd seen an article in Poets & Writers about Michael Dickman's and his brother's forthcoming first books and, based on that, ordered both for Leatherby Libraries. I enjoyed The End of the West because of its sounds and pacing. Because it's not overtly narrative or logical, it may not resonate with every reader, but anyone who reads the poems aloud should enjoy them and hear not only their darkness, but also twists of humor. One of the late stanzas captures some of this sound: "Listen to those stitches / splitting open / in the air / above me."
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3604.I299 E53 2009
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Anna Leahy, Assistant Professor, Department of English