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The Traps
Louise Mathias

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2013 • 60 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-29-1

Tight, lyrical poems that reveal their “story” through images that overlay seduction and cruelty

Weaving together violence and beauty—“the beginning of war was also a blossom”—The Traps is a lyric collection that refuses a straight-forward narrative. Rather, each poem uses images to evoke an array of emotions: passion, terror, longing. These compact, yet intricate poems explore “traps” in the word’s many connotations; whether we are in “the narrowest spaces” or “tied to the rafters,” we are tempted, lured, and ambushed.

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“Mathias sets a snare in these poems from which the reader, once caught, struggles in vain to release herself.”—Daniel Tiffany

“The poems’ hard stares bring with them outstretched arms.”—Graham Foust

LOUISE MATHIAS is the author of Lark Apprentice published by New Issues Press (2004), and a chapbook, Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest. She splits her time between Joshua Tree—a small town in California’s Mojave Desert—and Northern Indiana.

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 13:28:55 -0500