Small Press Distribution staff picks Hagiography
In the title poem of her new collection, Hagiography, Jen Currin suggests: "I thought we should make use/of our bodies. Each murmur/to make us lighter." Currin carries out her careful consideration of the self as bound to language by displaying, with every delightful poem, this urgency for utterance. Currin's present landscape is the afterlife, but rather than long for a life once lived, she anticipates a birth forthcoming. Upon her exploration of this strange state of being, she investigates childhood, adulthood, and the mythic surprises nature strings throughout. Her musicality lives within the continual echo of these themes. This successful collection gains much of its richness in voice from a speaker who is unafraid to reflect upon the self as a singular entity; one that is separate from convention. In this sense, her book is a must-read for its fresh approach to narrative and its unique take on the consciousness we seek.