Descansos - Katherine Osborne
Just as decansos are silent reminders of unexpected deaths, so the poems in Descansos employ magical thinking as a process of remembrance: charged with an awareness of what it means to not let go. The collection forms a surreal invitation for the reader to seek the crosses that landscape their own inner consciousness, and encourages not only the chanting of memories but the singing of loved ones back to life.
Katherine Osborne's Descansos brings motion to still moments, occupies the spacelessness of grief with the curiosity of recovery. With each poem, she clicks on the headlights behind her eyes, drives you down that rural road, slams the brakes, turns around—accelerates. Whether through outlines of conversations or through the trees, Osborne's poetry rewires your mind to not only read the poem, but press it to your ear & listen through it. - Logan Ellis, author of Etymologizer
The poems in Descansos act like tender kaleidoscopes, lovingly rearranging my expectations about how words and images cluster, open up, and return to us with new mysteries to impart. The mosaics they create shift each time I look at them, each time offering a rich and startling new reality. Descansos may be memorial sites, but these poems are for the living. - Ted Powers, author of Manners, and Please Light Up
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