"Mam I shrieked
there is not any problem." Shriek, slink, creep, thud: in Ogress
Oblige, the "I" Lusk's verbs violently drag after themselves
becomes party to an all-out assault on the poetry of "Tepid Phenomena."
"I can't see the figures for the desecration." Dorothy Trujillo
Lusk is an evil genius presiding over "the serene disemboweling of
Trujillo Lusk's monstrous and witty verbal assualt on history and society
uses as pivots the various stigmata of single-parenthood, poverty, and
institutional negotiation, all the while chanelling every strand of modernism
and modernity through a mind that refused the indignity of high-school
graduation. Read it and sweep.
The spines of these poems seem each to possess an extra, mutant vertebra
that breaks loose from lyric's ghostly theremin to become an unruly daughter
shooting darts from harp strings. Careful, you could lose an eye. You
could be a bull's-eyed target, you schmuck.
Oi vas wivetted.
Dorothy Trujillo Lusk is a Vancouver-based public historian and hostage
negotiator. Her previous books include Oral Tragedy (Tsunami Editions
1988), Redactive (Talonbooks 1990, pulped 1995), Volume Delays
(Sprang Texts 1995) and Sleek Vinyl Drill (Thuja 2000).