In Perdido, Elaine Terranova’s seventh collection, the poet ponders the predicament of loss—“I want the dead but I am beside / the living.” But for Terranova, perdido does not mean loss merely. Like the music from which she borrows her term, these poems bound with resilience.
Whitman Award winner Elaine Terranova’s sixth collection is breathtaking. In pellucid language the poet walks through a kind of “vale of soul making” by re-visioning hours she spent as a child playing dolls with a friend. Terranova weaves her poetics of space by setting the fragile orders of the dollhouse against the realities of family friction and the terror of a whole world outside where no shelter can be found—all this in exquisite, minimalist music. Dollhouse was the 2013 winner of the Off the Grid Prize.