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The Traps Weaving together violence and beauty the beginning of war was also a blossom The Traps is a lyric collection that refuses a straight forward narrative Rather each poem uses images to evoke an array of emotions passion terror longing These compact yet intricate poems explore traps in the word's many connotations; whether we are in the narrowest spaces or tied to the rafters we are tempted lured and ambushed


About the Author: Louise Mathias

Louise Mathias was born in 1975 in Bedford England and grew up in a small village in Suffolk England and later Los Angeles Her first book Lark Apprentice won the 2003 New Issues Poetry Prize and was published in 2004 by New Issues Press A chapbook Above All Else the Trembling Resembles a Forest was selected by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook contest was published in 2010



4 thoughts on “The Traps

  1. says:

    I'm glad I was alone in the house when I read this book because I must have sounded insane lots of ah ha's and oh my god's Hot damn I love it when poems do exactly what they are supposed to do which is to make me feel something that prose cannot access There are so many combinations of words and images here that so perfectly evoke emotion the book feels like a study of Eliot's objective cor


  2. says:

    I stumbled upon this book on Four Way’s website It sounds silly but I was impressed with the cover art and a few beautiful excerpts I found online and then a couple of days later it was waiting in my mailbox A note about cover art I think a beautiful cover is huge indicator that that the author or publisher likely have good taste and understand that books have to seduce otherwise nobody will pick


  3. says:

    Precise and wrenching; so very beautiful


  4. says:

    Mathias' The Traps is a collection I can return to over and over and always take away something new from each poem I wanted to write a poem tonight The Traps lent me a hand


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