Quill and Quire reviews The Work of Days

By Zachariah Wells
Quill & Quire
December 2007

At her best, Lang's disjunctive syntax and taut, oblique episodes can be hauntingly moving. But she tends to overdo the po-mo alienation; some of the best passages in the book come when she gives her sentences and lines a bit more room to breathe. The Work of Days could be fairly classified as confessional, but there is nothing self-indulgent in the collection – unless you count its unremitting, monochromatic seriousness. When there's more whimsy to be found in the author bio than in the rest of the book combined, you have to wonder what this poet might produce if she relaxed and had a bit more fun. Still, a very strong debut.

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