Pub date: September 16, 2011
A lush collection from a unique new voice whose palette of subject matter ranges from artistic anatomy to dislocation. Hiemstra-van der Horst's poems reveal a sensual awareness and an imaginative escape into intricately woven poetic worlds, rich in sensual detail and metaphor. Her gentler sketches of quotidian moments peel away to reveal an artist and poet whose careful observations of the world undertake the difficult translation to page and canvas.
"Poetry is everywhere and sometimes in books. This is one of these books. Simple words so close to real life, so accessible in their truth and so comforting in their unpredictable beauty. Truly poetry like we would like it to be. Always."
— Herménégilde Chiasson, author of Beatitudes
"‘No one,’ Jessica Hiemstra van-der Host claims, ‘has ‘the reins on radiance,' but she is a poet stepping into the sun, wielding a magnifying glass. Her voice is a beam that sings and dazzles, and these are poems to set heart ablaze." — Sachiko Murakami, author of The Invisibility Exhibit