By Alice Fulton
During the last 20 years, Alice Fulton has emerged as essentially the most extraordinary and venerated poets of her iteration. She is additionally one of the such a lot thrillingly creative, compassionate, and worthwhile. Cascade Experiment charts the evolution of a poetics that revises the bounds of language, emotion, and concept.
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