Inventing Angels: Poems


Inventing Angels: Poems


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These poems about fruit flies, pregnant schoolgirls, a woman killed by music when her radio falls into the bath, cancer cells, shrubbery, a boa constrictor intimidating a parrot into muteness, maggots, garbage, holy assassins, and the last Yahi Indian (thought extinct) turning up like a dodo on the doorstep make up a crazy quilt of images. The early surrealists theorized that unexpected juxtapositions reach directly into a shared unconscious and jar us into new realizations; they strove for such effects through images like a sewing machine on a surgical table. Fincke's work is surrealist in that sense, pushing us to startling grief at death and the disappearance of work; to terror in the face of our defenselessness against ravaging dogs and inexplicable reason; and sometimes to the edge of disgust with decay. At its base, Fincke's work is a meditation on faith, the verification of a meaningful God in the face of humanity's putrid, sinning physicality. "Words are ineffective as skin," Fincke says, referring to the body's largest organ and defender against foreign invaders and associatively reminding us of both language's limitlessness and its confines and the paradox they constitute. ~--Whitney Scott



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Zoland Books

Inventing Angels: Poems