Laura Madeline Wiseman’s Threnody (Porkbelly Press, 2014) defies categorization. The fourteen micro-pieces float between genres, which creates a reading experience as mysterious and ethereal as the subject matter. The chapbook is a beautiful rendition of some of the most conflicting and uncomfortable female experiences, personified through lady death and her death cart.... You don’t just read these words, you feel them, like they are crystallizing and fusing with the deepest parts of you. They are brave, honest, and beautiful. The works in Threnody are balanced and they flow, creating a chapbook that resonates with the unexplainable moments of human experience. Wiseman truly is a master of her craft.