No Object

No Object - Natalie Shapero

Shapero's poems may be sparse in the amount of space they take up on the page, but they are lush with feeling and imagery. Her language is highly abstract giving the collection a dreamlike feel, and many of her poems have a raw and deeply personal, even sensual, quality to them. The longest poem in the collection, Hot (Normal), was probably my favorite as it dug a little deeper than many of the others. Overall the experience of reading this book reminded me of going for a walk at night, glancing through the open window blinds of a stranger, and catching glimpses of someone's life when they don't know you're watching. Don't let my 3 star rating dissuade you - while the language of this collection didn't speak to me as deeply as some have, it is well worth picking up.