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Spindrift Henning

Adrienne Rich once said that “until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.” In her latest collection of prose poems, Laura Madeline Wiseman reminds us that self and fable are intimate nemeses. In these poems, the mermaid becomes a stunning trope for discovery and relentless subversion, and through the collection, we are lured through a seductively dangerous and transitive ecology—bottles of pop float in a listless ocean, sea shanties are whispered from the water, and popular myth and paradox elide. Wiseman leads us into a sumptuous terrain where we must confront legends and wrench from them a truth that will change us.

– Sara Henning