Stars of the Night Commute
Author: Ana Božičević
Publisher: Tarpaulin Sky Press (2009)
"Božičević's poetry has everything—a mastery of language, a distinct and singular voice and a worldview so visionary and all-encompassing, so as to both terrify and astound"
"Ana Božičević's work is sort of animist—it’s either about silence or the racket of the world. How does she do it? Clicks the switch to say it’s silent & it’s happening then on a distant tiny stage. She’s muttering, and then it’s a story and a very good one. I mean in poetry at some point you don’t know what the writer means. In Ana’s work I watch “it” vanish (all the time) & I trust it."
"Absolutely anything can happen next but whatever it is, it will be perfect. . . . She is able to stretch language to its most ineffable and musical limits while maintaining a masterful grasp of the colloquial. . . . She is able to perceive with the eyes of language—then render with lyrical immediacy—the experience of our collective sleepwalking soul, who may well soon awaken to discover that its terror was not a dream."