The Tatters, from Prairie Schooner (March 12, 2014)

In this nuanced and moving new collection of poems, Brenda Coultas weaves a meditation on contemporary life and our place in it. Coultas, who is known for her investigative documentary approach, turns her attention to landfills and the odd histories embedded in the materials found there. The poems make their home among urban and rural detritus, waste, trinkets, and found objects. The title poem, for example, takes its cue from the random, often perfect, pigeon feathers found on city streets. In a seamless weave of poetic sentences, The Tatters explores how our human processes of examination are often bound up with destruction. These poems enable us to be present with the sorrow and horror of our destructive nature, and to honor the natural world while acknowledging that this world no longer exists in any pure form, calling to us instead from cracks in the sidewalk, trash heaps, and old objects.

Other reviews:

Ron Silliman on Brenda Coultas

Jesse Morse : “Haunting” from Jacket

Jaime Robles: “Brenda Coultas: On The Transmigration of Objects”

Pamela Hart, review of The Marvelous Bones of Time 

Barbara Henning, review of The Marvelous Bones of Time, 2007

Becca Klaver ,  review of The Marvelous Bones of Time, Tarpaulin Sky, 2008

Ray McDaniel, review of A Handmade Museum, 2003

Barrett Watten, review of Early Films, 2008