The poems in this collection explore wayfinding, both in a spiritual sense and in the sense of knowledge navigation in an information age. Strickland leads her reader from Eden to Atoms in an exploration of American history, encompassing both writing and identity in the figures of Emily Dickinson and Willard Gibbs, the country’s first mathematical physicist.
“Strickland is a thrilling poet. She is a ‘rapt observer’ of shimmering worlds, in and out, and of the long story of human savagery, civility, and intelligence. She shines and dives across the air of many worlds. . . . Rooted in her sense of the profound voluptuous, she is a powerful ‘fabulist of what we are.’ ”— Marie Ponsot, author of The Bird Catcher
“In these poems specialized vocabularies—drawn from science, linguistics, history, mathematics—move in and out of each other in a radical remaking of language. The volume is a tour de force, and exhilarating to read.” — The Women’s Review of Books_