8/ Week of 17 Feb
Quin: A wonderful balance of experimental writing and slapstick comedy. It actually seemed a bit Pythonesque at times — which is appropriate, considering it originally came out during the great British absurdist fever of the mid 60s. Berg was my first Quin, and I hope her others are as fun and as wicked.
Hwang: Mostly harmless. She has said that she turned to poetry only in recent years, after working at fiction for most of her adult life. It shows. Many (though not all) of the poems have a strong narrative propulsion to them, often reading like sharp moments from a short story. The best poems do something truly powerful and compelling with this mild hybrid, the weaker ones fall between two chairs.