Saturday, January 14, 2012
A Surprise Review - Who Knew? Thank you Web del Sol and Margaret MK Hess
It's now been 20 months since The Alchemist's Kitchen arrived in the world. I wonder if anyone has read it recently or if the door has closed on this particular kitchen. Sometimes it's easy to feel invisible. And although being invisible is a super power that six year old boys crave, it's not great news for a book.
And so the fact that Web Del Sol Review of Books has just reviewed The Alchemist's Kitchen seems very good news indeed. And not just a run of the mill review, but one where the reviewer, Margaret MK Hess (whom I do not know) really liked the work.
"She takes the whole world and makes it a small and valued place," Hass writes. And Hass also connects "Tulip Sutra" to the tulips in the hospital room of a dying woman -- and to the body. This seems the best a poet can hope for from a reviewer, Hass has showed me new ways to understand my own work.