from "A Bloomery" [Fugue 51]
Caleb Curtiss is a poet among poets and in this beautiful and assured collection, he makes himself heard and how.
Powerful insights are rooted throughout, often bolstered by Curtiss’s technical skill.
Here is the lyric and evocative testimony of a powerful consciousness at the beginning of a remarkable career.
If Linnaeus had the imaginative alchemy necessary to string earthly biology to the chimerical afterlife, Systema Naturae would have read more like Curtiss’ revelatory, faithful, and ‘very strange ontology.’
The elegies in Caleb Curtiss’s first chapbook, A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us, contrast the painful reality of death with the plaintive unreality of those who have died.