In his moving debut collection, Matt Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother's suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. In "e;Outgoing,"e; the speaker erases his brother's answering machine message to save his family from "e;the shame of dead you / answering calls."e; In other poems, once-ordinary objects become dreamlike. A buried light bulb blooms downward, "e;a flower / of smoldering filaments."e; A refrigerator holds an evening landscape, "e;a tinfoil lake,"e; "e;vegetables / dying in the crisper."e; Destructive and redemptive, Black Aperture opens to the complicated entanglements of mourning: damage and healing, sorrow and laughter, and torment balanced with moments of relief.
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