The calculating speaker of The Moon & Other Inventions: Poems After Joseph Cornell
is at once delicate and power-driven, feminine and empirical, mysterious and distinct.
This woman and her interests—the disconcerting symmetry of the sky, instruments of
measurement and discovery, maps and faint music—have been cast to the bottom of the
page, pressed beneath white space and a phantom text, as footnotes. Whether this is an
observation on the female voice still occupying marginalized space, or a commentary on
absence (of narrative, companionship, emotional attachment, connection...), or even a
celebration of the fragment, you cannot help but wonder what is happening above and
around those footnotes.