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Perfect Disappearance

Perfect Disappearance

Winner of the 2000 Green Rose Prize

In Perfect Disappearance, the much anticipated follow-up to Martha Rhodes' startling first book, we shift gears: the damaged child/woman has grown into a full-fledged adult who continues to speak for this singular "unkillable" life. Rhodes now enters new realms of the darkly erotic conjoined with the liberated sensibility of a survivor. Cagey, evasive, subservient, unappeasable, Rhodes animates her speakers with a voice full of grit and urgency, and the results are electrifying.

"Perfect Disappearance is the record--so far--of an odd, courageous, and very gifted consciousness, whose witness I admire with all my heart." -Jean Valentine

"It might be the wind; it might be a whim from within the self or from some powerful other, but suddenly the world is rendered profoundly unstable in these haunted and haunting poems. We encounter a sense of jeopardy all the more unsettling for the poet's linguistic control and astute, shaping intelligence. As if all the gifts of poetic ordering are only just adequate to the dark that animated the poems (and the world). We are placed squarely and powerfully in an intimate version of Rilke's vision of beauty as 'nothing but beginning of Terror we're still just able to bear.'" -Gregory Orr

"Rhodes' allusiveness is grouded in the psychological symbolism of deep-image poetry rather than the intertextuality of postmodernism. She uses dreams, dreams of ghosts, and dreamlike symbols: a house, the wind, and a bridge between the living and the dead, dream and reality, memory and imagination. These symbols represent the poet, and the poet's relationship to experience. Rhodes writes about her experience, but even as she uses disruptive and transgressive images, she does not rhetorically dramatize her experience. Instead, where what she represents is her self, she foregrounds the notion that representation does violence to what is represented." -Catherine Daly, Frigate

“Rhodes's poems: crisp, precise, erotic language, anchored in place but adrift in consciousness, the metaphysical like a valence cloud enveloping the physical, elusive and illusive all at the same time.” -Vince Gotera, North American Review

Winner of the 2000 Green Rose Prize

In Perfect Disappearance, the much anticipated follow-up to Martha Rhodes' startling first book, we shift gears: the damaged child/woman has grown into a full-fledged adult who continues to speak for this singular "unkillable" life. Rhodes now enters new realms of the darkly erotic conjoined with the liberated sensibility of a survivor. Cagey, evasive, subservient, unappeasable, Rhodes animates her speakers with a voice full of grit and urgency, and the results are electrifying.

"Perfect Disappearance is the record--so far--of an odd, courageous, and very gifted consciousness, whose witness I admire with all my heart." -Jean Valentine

"It might be the wind; it might be a whim from within the self or from some powerful other, but suddenly the world is rendered profoundly unstable in these haunted and haunting poems. We encounter a sense of jeopardy all the more unsettling for the poet's linguistic control and astute, shaping intelligence. As if all the gifts of poetic ordering are only just adequate to the dark that animated the poems (and the world). We are placed squarely and powerfully in an intimate version of Rilke's vision of beauty as 'nothing but beginning of Terror we're still just able to bear.'" -Gregory Orr

"Rhodes' allusiveness is grouded in the psychological symbolism of deep-image poetry rather than the intertextuality of postmodernism. She uses dreams, dreams of ghosts, and dreamlike symbols: a house, the wind, and a bridge between the living and the dead, dream and reality, memory and imagination. These symbols represent the poet, and the poet's relationship to experience. Rhodes writes about her experience, but even as she uses disruptive and transgressive images, she does not rhetorically dramatize her experience. Instead, where what she represents is her self, she foregrounds the notion that representation does violence to what is represented." -Catherine Daly, Frigate

“Rhodes's poems: crisp, precise, erotic language, anchored in place but adrift in consciousness, the metaphysical like a valence cloud enveloping the physical, elusive and illusive all at the same time.” -Vince Gotera, North American Review

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