Friday, June 5, 2015

Congress of Strange People by Stephanie Lenox

Congress of Strange People by Stephanie Lenox introduces a variety of characters through poems that tantalize and intrigue.  Poems explore life's ability to be completely normal and incredibly strange all at the same time. Metaphors and straightforward prose juxtapose one another with beautiful clarity and lines that leave the reader stumbling over one's preconceptions about how life moves forward. Lenox draws the reader into the lines until there's no desire to escape.Congress of Strange People fills the reader with a sense of knowing and not-knowing the world one inhabits. Sometimes the titles themselves leave the reader hesitant to ingest the words but unable to resist. Lenox weaves fantasy and reality into a tapestry that explores the outer edges of what we think we know with the strangeness we often work so hard to deny.

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