Release Date: April 1, 2009
How can poems map the distance between bodies or mark the boundaries separating action and desire? Award-winning poet Michele Battiste explores uncharted physical and psychic ground in Ink for an Odd Cartography, a revealing collection of narrative poems which travels from San Francisco to Wichita to New York City, surveying the places and spaces where children talk to gravel, stalkers give pointers, bridges are naughty, and fallen angels kill time in night clubs.
Poet and editor Jim Daniels says that Battiste's poems "spin and spill all over the place with a controlled recklessness and a sustained energy." Two-time National Critics Book Circle Award winner Albert Goldbarth calls Battiste a "high-IQ-and-octane, brazen-21st-century chick" who writes with a "rollercoastering sensibility."
“These poems are driven by some super high-octane duende...in tune with the mad universe.” —Jim Daniels
"A fascinating and enthralling book of poetry, Ink for Odd Cartography is a great pick." —Midwest Book Review
"The center for this book is intimate relationships and what makes them work or fail. What kept startling me was the honesty in the poems, the honesty about both the speaker's struggles and the loved one's struggles." —Sandy Longhorn
"Putting down Michele Battiste’s frenetic, brain-bending book is going to leave skid marks all over your desk... In Battiste’s cartography, the most unlikely and disparate entities, locations and people are connected by a tender, tough and disarming intelligence." —No Tell
"These poems have a madcap precision; from the haphazard shreds of daily, searching existence... they draw meaning so deep it doesn't need to be expressed, because it's there, it's felt. It is immediately recognizable as life." --Watermark Book Reviews