Propositions and Prayers, Lise Downe’s first book of poetry in nine years, is a collection in two parts: “Propositions” is a series of short poems-as-possibilities, structured by the compression of images and voices to convey an urgency through degrees of incoherence; “Prayers” explores living and language as acts of devotion.
These poems blur the boundaries between inner and outer experiences of the self, often subverting expectations and habit in their deconstruction of structure and style. It beautifully portrays humanity’s myriad complexities: our various moods and observations, the unpredictable trajectories of our lives— uncertainty, wonder, and surprise, all.
Praise for Lise Downe:
“In these tiny elevators, Lise Downe’s tangents tighten. Context awash. Devious decorum. Quick music in cameo. Or sentences that roll down through stanzas, as we take the stairs, blind, but reassured by a careful delight in the oddities of talk. Grand.”