NONFICTION

Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico

Univ. of Arizona. 2015. 120p. ISBN 9780816531684. pap. $16.95. POETRY
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"Come down and die with me" says NYU professor Noel as he opens this new collection. Then all formal hell breaks loose as he spaces taut, bunched phrases across the top of the page, strings the same words in Spanish across the bottom, and layers in abecedarian stanzas in English and Spanish. Elsewhere, poems overload the space or crawl across it, constructed in both languages; this is not, properly speaking, a bilingual edition translating en face, though it will be accessible to speakers of either language.
VERDICT This collection might have seemed self-conscious or overdetermined were it not so fluid and energetic; risk takers will have great fun traveling with Noel through urban landscapes and his buzzing, burning brain.
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