Diana Whitney of the San Francisco Chronicle included Alison Prine’s new book, Steel, in her latest review. Steel was covered in company with Allen Ginsberg and Catherine Bowman.
Alison Prine’s brilliant debut, Steel (Cider Press Review; $17.95), takes us on a journey through trauma, grief and love. How can we survive after inconceivable loss? asks Prine, transposing a brother’s suicide and a mother’s early death by car crash into poems both precise and musical. “I was there when your heart stopped beating,” she says in “Rearview Mirror: January,” and grief becomes an icy road, a perilous winter landscape the child must travel alone.