Aggregate of Disturbances

Michele Glazer’s second book, Aggregate of Disturbances, makes us take a closer look, a deeper breath. Reading her poems is something like eating peanut butter straight out of the jar. These poems emit a viscous music.

Through the poems in this book, Glazer delves into the stuff of elegy–death, dying, love, loss, and grieving. The eye of these poems operates with great thrum, noting the grit of reality. The poems recognize the failure that living brings on us and the jitteriness of our attempts to adhere to one another.

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  1. thanks for your lovely comment on Michele’s book. I just returned from her Iowa City reading, at Prairie Lights, recorded live for broadcast on WUNI, the public radio station in Iowa City, and available, I should suspect, on their website.
    She read most of the poems in Aggregate of Disturbances, and a few of the prose poems in her first book, It’s Hard to Look At What We Came to Think We’d Come to See. Frequently, she would look members of the audience in the eye as she read these poems she had by heart. The person at whom she looked often felt as if that line being read were keyed somehow to him or her; that’s how premeditated each spoken line was, however frequently the lines gave over to the sentences of which they stood their ground, the sentences balanced like a hiker pausing for a moment on an incline. It was a remarkable performance, almost undone by the radio station journalist, who clearly felt unbalanced by poetry and sought, when Michele answered a question, to translate every answer to the lowest common denominator. So the event remained curious — like the poems themselves.

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