Nostalgia for the Criminal Past: Poems
Kathleen Winter's first collection of poems is formally brilliant, life-hurtling, and volunteers language with a quick edge that advances ideas almost with abandon. This is the kind of work William Hazlitt would have reserved the word 'gusto' for--it is all a great pleasure. --Norman Dubie
By turns witty, gutsy, and passionate, Kathleen Winter's Nostalgia for the Criminal Past pulls the reader into a capacious verbal terrain. "Penumbra's a conundrum, / conundrum is penumbra. / An umbrella's humdrum," one poem playfully opens. There is in these poems a subtle, delicate narrative of loss, grief, and survival, but as a poet trained in the law, Winter knows that any truth, like joy, is rare and precious. "Joy is brief. / It turns away, extends its limbs, / feathered, reptilian," one speaker opines. These poems are the nimble, profound products of experience alchemized into wisdom. Nostalgia for the Criminal Past is a dazzling debut. --Cynthia Hogue, author of Or Consequence and The Incognito Body
Winter, Kathleen, "Nostalgia for the Criminal Past: Poems" (2012). READ Book Gallery. 35.