Loveliest Grotesque

The poems of Sandra Lim, collected together for the first time, demonstrate what happens when a poet with a startlingly conceptual (and at times dark) imagination has a reverence for traditional forms and marries the two together. The poems of this collection have frameworks that vary between formal and more experimental - sonnet, ballad, prose poem, pantoum, and free verse - and she pushes the formal forms to new limits with such revisions as replacing words with the generic overbo and onouno in the lines, as well as employing unpredictable imagery throughout the book that will appeal to the modern poetry fan.