Praise for the GOOD DARK
"The reader is slammed by these internal rhymes, that leave them gaping, like an abyss that begs to be filled."
- New Pages
"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."
- Dan Beachy-Quick
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 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.