ELIZABETH ARNOLD: Site Acquisition

“In Brian Young’s new book, ‘wolving brainwork’ cuts a jagged swath through the presumptions of the republic. Coming as they do from the perspective of an implicated speaker, the political swipes avoid any hint of preaching or self-pity. In fact, true vision intervenes quite often, transporting the reader momentarily–and more forcefully, therefore–out of the more or less hellish existence that is, however, to a great extent itself the result of just how clearly this poet sees what’s really happening. These brilliantly sounded poems swallow-tail, then snake. We’re held, leaning forward in our seats.”


Elizabeth Arnold