As Burning Leaves
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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