By Clara A. B. Joseph
An evocative and thought-provoking choice of poetry that finds extra to the reader with each one reread. Clara Joseph covers a variety of topics and ideas while tying all of them jointly less than the repeating photo of the face, obvious from many alternative angles and in several guises. the writer seamlessly transitions among own poems of switch, transition, or own philosophizing, to extra public problems with justice and injustice, violation and destruction, the entire whereas returning – unblinking – to the notion of the opposite in the world. finally, this booklet is ready what it potential to fulfill the opposite person.
It is very unlikely to learn Clara Joseph's The Face of the opposite with out being touched profoundly via its good looks and discomfort, love and damage, by way of the bleak crisis of a delicate vulnerability right now damaged and but nonetheless hopeful. What comes via those mesmerizing phrases is a deep compassion, eyes open, bloodied, but attaining out.
– Richard A. Cohen, writer of uncontrolled: Confrontations among Spinoza and Levinas
A difficult, emotive publication within which the self’s “brokenness/ dances to the sting” of one other recognition. Fittingly, those associated poetic meditations approximately dealing with the opposite don't balk within the face of challenging topics, yet in its place glance them lengthy within the eye. Reader, those pages carry severe attractiveness and solace. settle for their invitation.
– David Goldstein, York University
Intelligent, considerate, and provocative, this sensual paintings levels from the sacred to the profane in language that combines the philosophical and the vernacular. With The Face of the Other, the good released Clara Joseph makes a gorgeous debut as a poet.
– Ken McGoogan, writer of girl Franklin's Revenge