As Burn­ing Leaves

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Gabriel Je­si­olowski, Red Hen Press, Soft­cover $16.95 (80pp), 978-1-59709-025-4

Po­etry’s dis­arm­ing lev­els of in­ti­macy—that poets share their most vul­ner­a­ble, pri­vate thoughts in ap­proach­able, beau­ti­fully ex­pressed lan­guage—is one of its top attractions. And when po­etry ar­rives from an ex­cep­tional view­point (trans­gen­der, for ex­am­ple), its power can be ten­fold. As Burn­ing Leaves, Gabriel Je­si­olowski’s de­but col­lec­tion, is an ex­pe­ri­ence in oth­er­ness from a poet ex­pe­ri­enced in teach­ing art, writ­ing, and gen­der stud­ies at the univer­sity level, and one who served as the 2016 writer in res­i­dence at The Alice Gallery in Seat­tle.

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