No Such Place
These wise poems portray the terror and menace built into the architecture of the world. Moriconi faces the extraordinary and the ordinary with strength and beauty. She insists on speaking, on telling the truth. In “The Key To Understanding The Eternity of Life,” she insists that we “revise the story” of our mothers and our daughters and everywhere the poems of No Such Place do just that with symbols elemental and mythic.
~Judith Baumel, author of The Kangaroo Girl
Beginning with the very first poem in No Such Place, Kristina Moriconi’s new stunning book, we are presented a series of violations – fists balled in rage, a toy horse savaged by a dog, a father attacking his daughters’ hair. And yet this is a book that offers protection in the way only language can if used with craft and compassion, with attention to each word. It is no wonder the book’s epigraph is from Adrienne Rich. Like Rich, Kristina Moriconi is a poet warrior. This is a book all of us need to read, a poetry that reminds us of what beauty and courage the human spirit is capable. What other protection do we have?
~Christopher Bursk, author of The Improbable Swervings of Atoms
“We begin in blood,/the word push” says one blunt, perfect opening, as if a word cannot only utter but be truth. These are fierce and compassionate poems of mothers and daughters, poems rooted in pain and survival, but rich with the nuanced possibilities of love. Moriconi’s poems are doubly beautiful—beautiful emotionally as well as aesthetically. She has an alert and finely tuned language that contains and shapes what threatens to overwhelm, and, in doing so, points to the necessary, impossible future. No Such Place demonstrates how much poetry can contain—and give.
~Stan Sanvel Rubin, author of Hidden Sequel