THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW: Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain Review

March/April 2008

Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain
Christopher Janke
Fence Books/UPNE, $15.00 paper, ISBN 978-1-934200-00-1

This strange sequence of untitled paragraphs has neither ending nor beginning. The fast-paced text pulls the reader into a biological world where a rat is being examined in a lab, creating a mesmerizing experience that circles and picks up speed. Christopher Janke’s prose segments move beyond the microscope to embrace larger issues that surround intricate human dramas. The result is a startling approach to the prose poem and a book that must be read to appreciate the possibilities of the genre.