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What an astonishing book. Do not miss this. So much calls out to Susanna Lang, "from the back door, from the place they found on the map" - from the richest recesses and most heartbreaking locales on earth, from careful daily attention, deftly woven melodies of knowing and needing to know - you can't read these poems without becoming part of larger history, deeper community, instantly. See "Sunday, the Windows Open." See "Rice." See "Ghazal." These poems, huge in their urgency, massive in their tender care and embrace -- elements intertwined as the braided loaves in "Bread." This book deserves a bow.

Naomi Shihab Nye (You and Yours;Fuel; and Words Under the Words)

 

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Susanna Lang’s chapbook Two by Two includes a poem entitled “Large Enough,” which begins, “In Tibet, the monks have been required to stay in their separate rooms. Someone is afraid of what will happen if they all pray in the same room.” These poems face a big, dangerous world—our world—that also is fraught with grace and beauty, where “four upright pianos covered in blue quilts/wait for the rush of water, and that lightness/ they were sure they’d never know.” Lang’s chapbook is not large enough to satisfy this reader, but her heart certainly is, and her talent.

Suzanne Cleary (Keeping Time; Trick Pear; and Beauty Mark)

 

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Built of keen sensory attentiveness, nuanced imagery, and slyly condensed stories, the poems of Even Now create, within the recurring now, bridges between the human and nonhuman, dreaming and wakefulness, self and world, and the lost and the living. It is out of these connections that Lang makes for the reader worlds both tenderly haunted and alertly inhabited.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont (Burning of the Three Fires, Placebo Effects, Curious Conduct)



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