To find a new beauty
Poems by Andrea Witzke Slot
Andrea Witzke Slot’s To find a new beauty is rich with cool, intelligent, and carefully crafted poems that often have a subtext of terror and darkness. She uses a variety of personae — including Penelope, Eurydice, Io, the nymph on Keat’s Grecian urn, a woman who marries her sister’s widower, and others — in land- [and sea-] scapes that are powerful personae too in these poems.
— Marge Piercy
In the background of Andrea Witzke Slot’s To find a new beauty glimmers the controlling metaphor of the Biblical garden; in the foreground is the body’s desire, longing that reveals itself in tensions that roil between origin and some possible, almost imaginable, end point . . . This is a volume of poetry, then, celebrating animation, celebrating pilgrimage not so much in its common religious or secular senses, but rather in a qualified archetypal sense; that is, these poems trace the human quest to recover the sacred via the potential transformative powers inherent in human agency.
— John Hoppenthaler
How have you been haunted? To find a new beauty, Andrea Witzke Slot’s first book of poems, enumerates the many ways that elegy, witnessing, and the dead haunt the living. With elegies that at once celebrate the dead and long for their touch, To find a new beauty is interested in just that — finding a beauty in the refuse, in what is left, in the hulking remains of grief.
— Roger Reeves
Slot’s work stands equal with that of Snyder and Oliver. With bewitching language, she pulls the reader into a gentle current of rolling imagery. Suspended within the flow of these pages, I was carried to a place of calm reflection.
— L.M. Browning