Mother of Two
by Eliot Cardinaux
Eliot Cardinaux’s latest collection, Mother of Two (2018), explores the exchange in duality between metaphor and reality, as well as each side of any different coin in given content and context. Including 14 poems of varying structure, from long, spiraling, short-lined stanzas influenced by the poet Pierre Joris, to lyric quatrains and sonnets aware of themselves as such and absurd, and also an essay, “Mindfulness–A Mantra and Afterword,” this book touches on influence ranging from Paul Celan and Osip Mandelstam, to Joni Mitchell and Arnold Schoenberg.
The poem “Thirty,” from Mother of Two