Leaving Clean Natalie Giarratano

ISBN: 9780982488041

Published: June 14th 2013

Paperback

63 pages


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Leaving Clean  by  Natalie Giarratano

Leaving Clean by Natalie Giarratano
June 14th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 63 pages | ISBN: 9780982488041 | 4.42 Mb

“I understand bayous,” says Natalie Giarratano in Leaving Clean. This is not a poet who celebrates place—her Orange, Texas—she simply knows it, knows what happens there, how the trees are bracing themselves for the hurricane, knows the mired look ofMore“I understand bayous,” says Natalie Giarratano in Leaving Clean.

This is not a poet who celebrates place—her Orange, Texas—she simply knows it, knows what happens there, how the trees are bracing themselves for the hurricane, knows the mired look of a car on its back at the side of a muddy woods, the names of boats that brought slaves into Texas.

She speaks of dark things in a voice that is quiet, but it is not shy- it is not even peaceful. Maybe it’s subtlety I’m talking about (perceptive being one of its synonyms), a humor that’s dire but unassuming, an anger that sort of travels under the radar. And what other poet would think to give a voice to a pair of tennis shoes that, hanging from a telephone wire, instruct us on the nature of time? Only Natalie Giarratano, with her wary grace and her vision that’s finally, somehow, redemptive.~Nancy EimersNatalie Giarratano’s debut volume Leaving Clean brings to light a brilliant poetry that knows that the heart must break if it is to heal, again and again.

In poems that evoke all the complex pungencies of the Texas Bayou, a weird, wholly recognizable America rises, ever ready to turn its head on the past it both creates and neglects. These poems contend with the ubiquity of violence in the individual consciousness, as they argue, implicitly or explicitly, with a vengeful God that embodies the cruelties we would not understand about ourselves. And there is grace here, and a kind of humility that refuses to be modest, and a longing that extends into the backwards of time, in details rendered magically and lovingly enough that individual and collective shame is out-ted and transformed by poetry into a common, intimate language.~William OlsenIn her stunning first book, Leaving Clean, Natalie Giarratano offers us an incisive look at a fallen world, cleansed neither of cruelty nor affection, of bitterness nor conflicted debt, what summons us to lines that, with a precision of wit and heartbreak, refuse the clean and easy answers.

Again and again we find the spit of gods and fathers and the deep hunger of the traveler who longs to purge herself of such. There is no map to get us out of this place. Better yet, we have poems of fierce grace and difficult beauty, poems that plot escape but argue against it. In them we fall back to earth like love or some such gift of hard rain that dreams of nothing less.~Bruce BondLeaving Clean is the debut of a new, original voice where the cartography of poet Natalie Giarratano’s inner visions turn themselves further inward, “the eye’s internal stare, / standing guard on the shore of her body / with lighthouse intensity,” interrogating the ruinous borders of memory where the poet dares her craft and gaze to take us.

These poems refuse to look away and beg to be revisited over and over. You trust the power and vulnerability of this poet at once. In Leaving Clean, you will find a profound country unlike any other. Giarratano’s poems concern themselves with family, secrets, memory, “the spit of God,” the body, the physical world, and a broader, tempered omniscience about life itself. Against and within her voice, we are never lost or stranded by her awareness, “We’ve constructed a room / from ourselves where we hide / what secrets we have left.” You come through these poems as through a fire.

It is exactly how Natalie Giarratano tells us: “It’s then I know there is no map I can buy / to show me the way out of here.”~Rachel Eliza Griffiths



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