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Sheer is a chapbook of poems that explore the convergence of personal loss and global violence, ending with an earth embracing vision in which "words are golden light, on the dark of the water."
Hear Collins read an excerpt from Sheer, "From The Sky," for NPR's Weekend Edition.
Beginning with an oblique nod toward memory, Sheer moves quickly into a territory where personal loss and global violence merge, allowing the poet to explore-through highly nuanced language and insight-the psychological roots and social manifestations of war.
Gradually Sheer moves beyond destruction and loss to a transcendent but earth-embracing vision that acknowledges the unbreakable bonds between death and life, darkness and light, where "words are golden light, on the dark of the water."