rating: 5 of 5 stars
Despite being printed with some kind of coverstock that gave me fingernails-on-a-chalkboard cringes to touch, this is a great little book. Seemingly written on a family trip to Greece, and punctuated with drawings by her children, a format which could easily become cloying but does not, Cox intersperses Classical with contemporary imagery in a way that seems organic and genuine. ("the furies have chased you down the close / arteries of Plaka / with the memories of a flower/ necklace and double axe.") In a satisfying ekphrastic turn, Cox bridges the mimetic distance and directly addresses, poignantly, her illustrator: "This being the only place where you / might meet another girl named Phaedra."
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