Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Intaglio

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Intaglio

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Intaglio, by Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis. Kent State, September 2006. $14 paper

Intaglio is one of the smartest first books of poetry I've read this year. Eleanor Wilner, in her generous foreword to Intaglio, writes of the poems' "baroque lushness and sheer momentum of the lines," and she's absolutely right: Kartsonis can move a line in stunning ways, and knows "what it means / to be manyed as a hotel corridor. / Each chamber of our hearts / contains a different guest." intaglio combines the stories of Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva and her daughter Ariadna, with her own larger history-that of Greek Americans, and the mother-daughter relationships in her own life. Kartsonis also includes references to more poets and literary figures than one can shake a stick at, and yet does it all without pretension. In a poem about a student killed at nineteen, she echoes Roethke: "I with no rights in this matter either . …

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