(A Four Quartets)
by Kristin Prevallet
Kristin Prevallet has made a work of beautiful seriousness by her variation on, homage to, shadowing of, and critical intelligence about T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Everywhere Here and In Brooklyn re-examines Eliot’s premises about time, eternity, stillness, consciousness, suffering, and attentiveness while intently exploring our world today—its ecological, social, and political disasters, one’s sense of feeling and meaning, one’s grief and hope. This is accomplished with a temperate casualness, in neighborly and local imagery, with wise aphorisms, and an overall meditative intransigence. Prevallet has accomplished something far beyond any quietist resignation or non-secular redemption. This is a moving and rich cultural intervention.
—Rachel Blau DuPlessis, author of Drafts
Kristin Prevallet was born in Denver and moved to New York City for the first time in the early nineties. She is the author of four books of poetry and she edited/introduced the critical edition of Helen Adam’s work, A Helen Adam Reader. She has taught writing and poetics workshops in a variety of institutions across the U.S. and currently works as a hypnotherapist in Manhattan. Here’s a recent interview with Belladonna Collaborative member Cara Benson on the Best American Poetry blog.