At Berfrois, Scherezade Siobhan writes a rich travelogue, touching on encounters with the poems in BAD ZOO:

The house where I spent the most peaceful part of this journey was starry with woodwork animals made by the owner’s deceased husband. These sentinels greet us stoically across spectacular distances. Their awkward shapes sometimes seem ill-fitted in the mammoth green of this 11th century house. Yet they remind us that someone is watching over us, especially when we least think about where we are going.

In BAD ZOO, the poems speckle consciousness like those wood and metal animals; the language invites you into its strangeness without weaponizing it.

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—And at Best American Poetry, Dante DiStefano writes about the ‘ungovernable venom’ in the volume:

BAD ZOO concerns itself less with the precincts of memory and the autobiographical lyric and more with the provinces of alienation, alteration, and embodiment, wherein ordinary words might be forged into ‘a pinwheel of runes // like shivs in hot gold.’

The poetry in BAD ZOO is difficult and disorienting: the subject matter desultory, the approach off-kilter, wracked, scuttling. [. . .] This is certainly not a book for every reader.

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