Some Notes on SAINT MONICA in HTML Giant

Kyle Minor reviews Mary Biddinger’s poetry chapbook Saint Monica over at HTML Giant: “It is a testament to Biddinger’s skill as a manipulator of words and images that it is difficult to write summary of these poems, and not because they resist the reader’s attempt to understand them or to fall into them–Clarity is one of their virtues–but, rather, because once she begins to set everything into motion, the literal surfaces spin a web of attachment that causes the reader to understand many things at once, which means an attempt to summarize what is happening in important lines of a poem like “Saint Monica of the Thaw” requires a lot more space than the lines themselves require.” Read the entire thoughtful review here, and pick up your copy of Saint Monica here.