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    After the Fox

    Sarah Suzor

    Travis Cebula

    "Perhaps collaboration alone can offer us that glimpse into intimacy that reveals that the heart’s dearest intricacy relies on various forms of opposition. As with a fugue played by two violins, these poems—alternating in voice, though each prefiguring the theme the other develops—some notes can only be heard in the realm opposing voices create between themselves, making music there in the very midst of the excluded middle. Such music is erotic, not simply because love is its agonizing question, but more deeply, because the world of these poems can flourish only in this intermingling. It is a privilege to glimpse what these two poets see: a city so infused by ardor it seems a lover itself, and Nocturnal wandering allegorically through a city that never sleeps, asking of both her questions. Most moving is the way in which the poems mimic love’s own strange, moral questioning—one that seeks to draw the line that separates self from other, and in doing so, always makes blurry that very line. So of the two voices here, as they cannot help but merge one into the other, and just as inevitably, as they drift again apart. Part of the gift is in seeing not the other, but seeing through the other, a world available no other way, a world where the sun is always shadowless, a world where the fox has always just fled. The gift is also knowing—as the two voices sing against each other and so learn themselves—that no vision is eternal even as it sings of what concerns us all endlessly: love and its ongoing aftermath."
    —Dan Beachy-Quick, author of Circle’s Apprentice

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