Monday, September 11, 2017

NiGHT COURT ~ You may proceed

Paperback, 84 pages
Published 2017 by Glass Lyre Press
ISBN13 9781941783344

Night Court by Erica Goss was the winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award

Night Court leaves us hungry for more of the poet’s open, probing, leaping intelligence, her ‘wild associations’ and surprises in the unexpected ‘shivering’ sweetness of a love story where ‘joy scrambles sadness.’ We hear ‘the clatter of souls entering bodies’ and experience ‘spring’s lizard stealth’ as sadness, longing and reluctance are transformed by breath-stopping beauty. Like a creature in the forest, the poet will ‘rub my cheek against the night.’ And she reminds us a prince waits, perhaps for centuries, until we wake.”
—Susan G. Wooldridge, author of poemcrazy: freeing your life with words

“’No more / mindless syrup blunting / raw edges, // no more disguising things / with bland counterparts.’ The poems in Night Court are often starkly rendered, tough yet sensitive. Deeply imaginative, the poems describe a feral world also experienced by children, a world of hungry ghosts, magic, beasts and violence. ‘There’s a crack at the edge / of the world where the dark // and comic leak through’ Goss takes us to this illuminating place.”
— Robert S. Pesich, President, Poetry Center San Jose

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Night Court was an impressive book of poems yet for me who’s still learning the interpreting skills of poetry I did find some of the poems obscure. Additionally, the author used little reservation regarding the different types of concepts that constructed her poems. Therefore, you will run the gamut of emotions as you read through this book of poems, some are deep in meaning others bold. The book is broken up into five sections each section has a varying number of poems. Do you enjoy poetry? I bet you will devour Night Court in one sitting. Thus, use the Amazon link above to get your copy now.

May the record reflect this is one of the top poems from the book:


No doctor can explain
the irregular, cavorting pulse
of my son’s heart,
its refusal to beat
like other hearts.
It writes in spikes
of code rolling
across graph paper,
telling us about
the lion and the lamb
that live in his chest.
And so he carries
the mystery of his heart
like a visitor from the future
where people understand
its off-beat rhythm,
a heart ahead of its time.

Erica Goss is a poet and freelance writer. She served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, CA from 2013-2016. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place, and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Recent work appears in Lake Effect, Atticus Review, Contrary, Eclectica, The Red Wheelbarrow, Main Street Rag, Pearl, Rattle, Wild Violet, and Comstock Review, among others. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls:. Please visit her website, Facebook page, LinkedIn, and Vimeo.


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