Arachnid Verve
by Shauna Osborn
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Review by Kim Shuck in Transmotion

Arachnid Verve focuses on the acrobatic nature of the genred and gendered multilingual lifestyles found in the Southwest. These are poems of movement and balance‚ÄĒsearching for equilibrium between the mundane, utilitarian elements of working class life and the flourishes of color and spice inherent to artist expression. Individual poem inspirations run the gamut--from Aztec gods, dredging machines, Judd Nelson, punk rock bands, and Zora Neale Hurston. The collection also code switches between three different languages: Spanish, English, and Numu tekwapu (Comanche) because Southwestern life is not lived in a single language.

© Mongrel Empire Press 2014