“Stricken and painfully well-observed, Ruth Stacey’s new collection is replete with our magical excuses, boundless infatuations, loyalties and sanctuaries. Her work is particularly poignant on the porousness between our inner and outer lives. To enter the poems is to feel another consciousness pressing against your own through a boundary that seems, for a moment, not to exist.” Luke Kennard
I, Ursula is very haunting and very enigmatic.
A sample poem from I, Ursula can be enjoyed below.
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If you don't want
poems written about
do not make me fall in love with you
by seducing me softly until the honey
You should flee female poets; their call
will transform you into a buck
leaping to escape the word dogs.
This is solid advice; it is true.
Beware, your brown eyes will turn bitter –
I am not just this season, not your bit of fun
because I will write poems that will petrify
your royal jelly into wax; I will
describe the growl that you make as you come.