“Very, Very Highly Recommended”
The internet newspaper The Huffington Post today posted an excellent review of Clayton State Associate Professor of English Dr. Brigitte Byrd’s latest book of poetry, “Song of a Living Room” (Ahsahta Press, 2009).
In his monthly poetry review series, Huffington Post columnist Seth Abramson says that “Song of a Living Room,” is “very, very highly recommended,” and notes that, “Byrd's cerebral prose poems are couched in an air of hyper-rationality that belies their visceral energy” ad proclaims Byrd’s work to be, “some of the most accomplished prose poems of the last decade.”
For the complete review, go to; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/february-2012-contemporar_b_1247340.html.
“Because prose poetry is a form that is natural to me, a form I love, I wrote Song of a Living Room as a series of prose poems revolving around these two characters.” Byrd said at the time of the book’s publication in the fall of 2009. “There is a bit of ambiguity at times since there is a third character whose absence is felt throughout. This third character is anchored in reality and must be left outside the main characters' imaginary world, like most consciousness of reality, if their relationship is to survive, which indeed it does not. The poems build upon each other as the book progresses, until the end circles back to the beginning following a shift, which signals the two characters' return to reality.”
Byrd's third book of poems, “Song of a Living Room” asks its readers to follow a ribbon threaded among music, movies, poetics, and an unlinear sense of time. Its prose poems recount and deconstruct a relationship between two central characters experiencing this journey, says Byrd, like an authentic vision, like slipping into a Celtic Knot, like a new perception of space.