Carolee Sherwood gave Mercy Island an unconventional treatment: sharing her reading experience as a stream of consciousness:
These poems all have secrets.
And sexy. These poems are sexy. And if I say dangerous, too, you’ll get the wrong idea. It’s not the danger and sex we’re used to from action heroes or rock stars. It’s something like the edge of the world.
My favorite part was where she wrote that my poems were "showing me things I may not know how to talk about" because that is what I believe is the purpose of a poem. I don't think a poet could ask for more satisfying evidence of being heard.
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