Fourteen Hills friend, 4 time contributor, and SFSU department chair, writer Maxine Chernoff has a new book!
Maxine Chernoff’s new book of poetry Without (Shearsman Press, 2012) invites us to slow, to open, and to savor every succinct piece. Each poem is a meditation and a riddle; each one pierces and reflects. From the absence of long lines and stanza breaks (until the final piece, “[without without]”) to the presence of the word “without” in each bracketed title, consistency of form provides the security we require to allow the wide-ranging imagery to take shape. In this landscape of gracefully tenuous connections, Chernoff has constructed an intricate network of openings and anchors. The experience is that of rooted exploration, making us sharper and the world new again. We are shown how stillness amplifies movement, how calm holds chaos, how what is not makes way for what is. In this space, Chernoff's words – and the silences between them – generate energy and life. Without is all at once welcoming and challenging; it ignites and supports our rediscovery of those crevices in our lives we had not yet realized we had forgotten to consider, to reject, or to revere.
Diana Rosinus Asst. Poetry Editor Fourteen Hills