By Matt Rasmussen
In his relocating debut assortment, Matt Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother's suicide, refusing to target the anticipated pathos, blurring the sting among grief and humor. In "Outgoing," the speaker erases his brother's answering laptop message to save lots of his relatives from "the disgrace of lifeless you / answering calls." In different poems, once-ordinary items turn into dreamlike. A buried mild bulb blooms downward, "a flower / of smoldering filaments." A fridge holds a night panorama, "a tinfoil lake," "vegetables / demise within the crisper." harmful and redemptive, Black Aperture opens to the complex entanglements of mourning: harm and therapeutic, sorrow and laughter, and torment balanced with moments of relief.
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