A braid appears to be two cords repeatedly crossing each other. In reality, however, the pattern conceals a third twist. Which one surfaces now? Which one is hidden?
In these 60 poems of contemporary devotion and turmoil, each coil of hair comes to represent the beloved, the narrator, or a previously unperceived rival – a series of knotted promises, dreams, and confused commitment.
In form, this series is modeled loosely after Ted Berrigan’s sonnets, freed from iambic pentameter and cast into an American voice. They are as far from Petrarchan, Spencerian, and Shakespearean formalities as the content itself differs from those idealized expressions of fidelity and love.
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