Elizabeth Robinson's House Made of Silver marks another new direction for the prolific poet whose other books include Bed of Lists (Kelsey St. Press) and Harrow (Omnidawn). For many, Robinson represents all that is best about lyric abstraction, its questioning of perception, its finesse of experiment, and elegant individualism. Often overlooked are its spiritual undertones, for here is a poetry on fire with a serene, fatalistic faith in the little and big. In years to come Biblical scholars will be adding House Made of Silver to the "Dead Sea Scrolls" and wondering how they turned up in a little garden in Berkeley.
April 20, 2001