Here are some comments about the book from fellow poets:
Lisa M. Cole's Dreams of the Living is a wondrous book, as emotionally charged as it is formally dexterous. Presenting lyric fragments alongside odes and couplets, the poems in this stunning collection perform the nearly impossible task of reconciling tradition with innovation, of marrying experimentation and our literary inheritance. These poems are as contemporary as they are sedimented with myth and history, as filled with ruins as they are permeated by light.
—Kristina Marie Darling, author of Scorched Altar: Selected Poems & Stories 2007-2014
Where else but Lisa M. Cole’s Dreams of the Living would one wander through nocturnes in a “body as bomb shelter” among darkened apothecaries and blue-diamond clocks? This book is a gift of the esoteric wedded to the symbolic, our doppelgangers as guests in attendance. An artist of simultaneity and lament, Cole’s Dreams of the Living gives us the Zen garden and the scarred winter, a moontime recollection of that state between loss and sleep.
—Jon Riccio, Poetry Editor of Fairy Tale Review
The 'I' of Lisa M. Cole's first full-length collection is invested with the weight of its construction and re-forming over a lifetime marked by violent loss and betrayals of body and heart. In Dreams of the Living, the poet speaks with her bodyheart, an organ that was never betrayed, as attuned to goddesses and ghosts as it is to the sensory world of sunlight, breath, and scars.
-- Wendy Burk, author of The Deer and translator of Tedi Lopez Mills' While Light is Built
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