The poems in RINSE are like prisms that we, her readers, pass through. On the other side, we are not the same.
The title of Elaine Terranova’s seventh collection implies a cleanse, a refresh, not unlike the kind a body undertakes in sleep. Rinse charts inner landscapes in poems that read like memories surfaced in reflection and refracted through the lens of dreams. As the poet enters sleep’s “dark passage” a synesthetic language emerges, in which sounds hold colors, and colors reflect sensations. “Clashing sounds splinter the air, a red bird’s worth of agitation,” she writes, “that or the sharpening thorns of roses.” The result is disquieting, at times dystopic, but ultimately transformative. The poems in Rinse are like prisms that we, her readers, pass through. On the other side, we are not the same.
Elaine Terranova has published seven collections of poems, including PERDIDO (Grid Books, 2018), DOLLHOUSE (Grid Books 2013), which won the 2013 Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and DAMAGES (Copper Canyon Press, 1997), as well as two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Her translation of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis is part of the Penn Greek Drama Series. Her awards include grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, NEA and Pew fellowships, and a Pushcart Prize. In 2021, her book The Diamond Cutter's Daughter: A Poet's Memoir was published.Author City: Philadelphia, PA USA