Review of Wake, by Laura Madeline Wiseman

Reviewed by Corinne Elysse Adams Laura Madeline Wiseman’s Wake is no journey for the feeble-hearted. It is a powerful, often unforgiving ride, packed with the afterglow of images: death the imperious woman, the abusive mother, a cold, hard lover. Wiseman’s collection begins with a series of sharp, meticulously crafted block poems. Her descriptions are so … Continue reading Review of Wake, by Laura Madeline Wiseman

Signing Away the Soul
by Laura Madeline Wiseman

Of course the Disney version was problematic, that a girl gives up her voice to get a man to love her, that speech could be caught in a shell glowing in the throat’s hollow, or that in the original her sisters shorn their hair— why would any set of sisters be so generous— to free … Continue reading Signing Away the Soul
by Laura Madeline Wiseman

I hate you
by Laura Madeline Wiseman

Once the phrase has been shouted, it squats at the base of the stairs—like a cockroach, like a cup thrown and shattered—its I a doorpost, wobbling the handrail, the stress a book, open mouthed. So when my sister stares at the carpet—when she doesn’t flinch on the basement landing where we crouch, gouged risers, a … Continue reading I hate you
by Laura Madeline Wiseman