Weapons Grade Paperback / softback
Part of the University of Arkansas Press Poetry Series series
Paperback / softback
In her poetry Terese Svoboda walks out to the edge where language is made and destroyed.
Her subject is human suffering. Called "disturbing, edgy and provocative" by Book Magazine, her work is often the surreal poetry of a nightmare yet is written with such wit, verve, and passion that she can address the direst subjects.
Weapons Grade is a collection of poems about the power of occupation--political and personal.
They often play with sestina, sonnet, and couplets, as if only form can contain the fury of between the occupier and the occupied.
There's a pervading sense of dread, of expiation, of portents--even in potato salad.
There's also elegy and lullaby and seduction but, in the words of the sixties tune "Wooly Bully," the reader must "Watch it now, watch it." Highly poised, grand and intensely lyrical, the poems veer from the political to the personal, then finish on the elegiac, releasing complex and unexpected meaning with emotional precision.
Looking directly into the contemporary apocalyptic, Weapons Grade, Svoboda's fifth collection of poetry, draws readers back to the radiant present.