March 2016. 978-1-881163-58-9
The poems in Liz Waldner’s Her Faithfulness surprise and sustain. The world they know is
"daily harmed and harming," and they
summon resources against its meanness:
the natural world where sight of an indigo
bunting or blue lizard presents "the kingdom
of heaven," a fragment of song or local speech carrying memory and feeling. All of the
themes and inventiveness of Waldner’s eight
earlier books are part of Her Faithfulness,
here condensed to their essence in poems wild
and smart and joyful and wise near the end
of their journey: "After a long time, I came
to love's house / where I was invited to stay."
Reviews & Such
These playful meditations on sex, passion and, above all, the desire for a home, belie the intensity animating them. When Waldner names the "god" she wants "she," it's easy to overlook the erased option–“goddess” –that implies the co-existence of a male god. Waldner’s position is clear: the only singular god is she. And she, the only "Mercy" worth wanting, is the "good." Her Faithfulness, the story of Waldner’s peripatetic life, rewards a reading, to say nothing of her readers, faithful to the end.
The difference between looking anywhere you can and looking anywhere you want reasons the weather of these exquisite poems, inside which malady, melody, severity, doubt, and pleasure approach and pass to be claimed by a voice too beautiful to ever stop listening for. Liz Waldner may be here to show us how joy made sad gets to keep being joy, how to be beheld by meanness and not be it. This is the work of a vital, profuse mind undeniably at home in poetry.
Liz Waldner is a poet of high wit, high intelligence, and great musical rigor–she may be our Postmodern Metaphysical poet plummeting deeper and deeper with each book into the questions of self, sexuality, and knowing.
About the Author
Liz Waldner graduated at 28 from St. John's College, Santa Fe and Annapolis, with a BA in Philosophy. After an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she also studied in the Art Department, she received a Regent's Fellowship to the Ph.D. program in Communication at the University of California San Diego, where she investigated the role of global media and capitalism in shaping women's sense of self and world.