The Nerve Of It
Poems New and Selected
Emanuel's work in the new and previously collected poems presented here in an original sequence . . . reads as a single, independent text that makes clear the central concerns in her work and shows the development of various aesthetic and thematic tracks. . . . Emanuel's uninhibited manner and her noir sensibilities are constants, especially the finely wrought use of melodrama and the erotic. New readers will gain a strong sense of Emanuel's poetics, and those familiar with her work will see old poems in a new light as their shifted contexts draw out new resonances.