Praise for THE GOOD DARK
The Good Dark stuns with its metaphysical inquiry into what simultaneously
detaches and attaches us to this world. The haunting music of these lyric
poems lift out of a language of intimacy employed to address the delicate
nature of belief. Annie Guthrie writes "given everything/ the give forms
our lips/ it¹s only the shape of zero" and her clarity catapults us into
our silences. She gives voice to the "blur", which could be defined as an
existence without "edges" or "ledges" that still creates an entrance.
The Good Dark is a gift of infinite mindfulness.
The Good Dark is a book of listening: it listens to bird sound, thunder, the movement of a leaf or a cloud, the echoes and resonances of its own words – it listens even to silence which, as Guthrie tells us “has no edge.” And The Good Dark is a book of speaking: or shouting, whispering, confessing, and singing. In delicate and precise poems Guthrie addresses the darkness: the God gone missing or hiding in a mirror, the soul barely discerned. And this poetry, this “sheet music” is so carefully rhythmic, so richly sonic, and so strong, it makes that darkness good.
- Julie Carr
"The Good Dark offers itself as a curious testament to the labyrinthine complexity of human relation to the world and those others that fill it."
-From the Forward, by Dan Beachy-Quick
Living Images, at the UA Poetry Center
Reading, Book Culture, NYC
Reading, Antigone Books, Tucson, November 11th.
"Guthrie's speaker is unflinching in her confrontation of the world the selves in their most unkindred or unpacked."
"The Good Dark...is a reflection of the contours of thought. The technique is the art here, and the art is the technique."
Washington Independent Review of Books