Hagiography wows Geist

By Leah Rae
Geist Magazine
July 1 2009

What I didn't find in The Echoing Years — some really 'wow' poems — I did find in a much slimmer book, Jen Currin's newest collection, Hagiography. Hagiography (the word literally means the biography of a saint or venerated person) starts with death and ends with life. Currin's verse is mysterious, full-blooded and packed with juicy lines. Here the world is populated with fortune stockings, blood dancers, bruised hats and paper brides. At times her poems are too mysterious — I would have appreciated a small amount of narrative to string the fresh imagery together — but no matter. These are good poems.

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