Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Cabinet of What You Don’t See by Tantra Bensko, reviewed by BL Kennedy

The Cabinet of What You Don’t See
Tantra Bensko
ISMs Press
Manchester, UK

Drawer Seven

Notes to put under the dresses of the dolls. To pin in there, to their vaginas. To give birth to words. To give birth to the story. Cut into strips with little scissors.

These don’t glow in the dark. They lie there and do nothing. You can’t read them. You often believe you can read them in your dreams. They almost tell you the answer.

It is no secret that I have a soft spot in my heart for Tantra Bensko. The author holds an MFA, teaches experimental literature; she edits, writes, and coaches writing. Her chapbooks Watching the Windows Sleep and Swinging on the Edge of Day were published by Naissance Press. Her full length book Lucid Membrane I have already reviewed. She has over 170 publications of short stories, novellas, and poems, including several in magazines that have given her awards, like the Carolina Quarterly and Iowa Journal of literary Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart, and in my opinion, she is one of the most exciting writers out there today.

The Cabinet of What You Don’t See is a handsome collection of prose poetry. I happen to like this writer and her microscopic view of language. In this book, she tells some fine stories that will keep you both entertained and begging for more. So what can I tell ya, kids? Wherever you can find a chapbook or book by Tantra Bensko, grab it! Trust me, you won’t regret the decision.

1 comment:

Russell Bittner said...

Thanks, Belinda, for the heads-up on Tantra's work.

She's a champ, that girl!


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