“Locally based Paula Bohince’s new collection, Swallows and Waves (Sarabande Books, $14.95), comprises 60 poems based on paintings and prints from Japan’s Edo period. Its strongest creations are those which depart most from the subjects portrayed, and become not mere descriptions of art, but works of art themselves.
For example, ‘Butterflies’ is a powerful meditation on a woodblock print that inspires Bohince to begin with the startling trope: ‘The hole at the center / of the galaxy is a black butterfly.'”
— Sarabande Books (@sarabandebooks) January 12, 2016