The codification of power relations between I and you, subject and object, is deftly, delicately apparent in drystek’s work. These are poems that bind architecturally together as a collection and unfold into surprising images, moments, and ripples of thought. While poems listen to themselves in internal monologue, they also face outwards, asking the reader to listen, then respond, implicated by questions reaching out from the paper to pull you in.
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Turns and Spins
nina jane drystek is such a master of mixing the playful and the serious, the quick witted and somber. This little collection is at turns suprising and dark and jarring and confusing, in all the best ways. As it turns and spins, it invites the reader to do the same. I can’t wait to see a full-length by nina one day!