I picked up this book because it was from Tupelo Press (2004), a small poetry publisher that has brought out many fine books, and noticed it was inscribed by the author (to Avanelle). I didn’t know anything about Hermine Meinhard except that she is was the editor of 3rd Bed, an excellent literary magazine.
This is a sharp mix of mostly short poems and prose poems with bright colors and a dark surrealism. Consider:
A woman with hair of fire standing under a tree
a baby on the ground beside her
suckling a yellow liquid
At once the flames rise up and ignite the tree
which burns continually until dark
These poems are strikingly spare, almost simple, but have real resonance. A real joy to read. Grade: B+.