Over the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Selima Hill’s Jutland and Sarah Howe’s Loop of Jade. Hill wrings disturbing truths from the human heart using Jutland’s restricted palette of language and bold, elemental imagery. Her world seethes with obsessive energy and her poetry sings with painful authenticity.
To see Sarah Howe’s Loop of Jade as concerned solely with the philosophy of language would be to miss the point. It is a satisfying, coherent collection that develops an urgent, timely political message and celebrates human ingenuity and bravery, as they weigh in against the might of the state.