THE VILLAGE VOICE: Zirconia Review

“‘I exist in a blister of fantasy,’ proclaims the narrator of this self-assured and often deeply satisfying debut. Similar in form, style, and rhetorical strategy, each of the poems in Zirconia is, in essence, an associative riff on a particular object (a tiger lily, a skull ring, the moon), or in some cases, a state of mind (grief, confusion, ecstasy). Minnis’s sharp-tongued, sexy, and somewhat juvenile narrator uses these obsessive, fetishistic examinations to both describe and insert the reader into a dream state-a kind of mythic consciousness, in which memory and desire transform the stuff of everyday life into charged symbols of, well, memory and desire.”

Joanna Smith Rakoff