Transformation and Letting Go in the Las Vegas Valley Review: Echo Bay
Jennifer Battisti Poetry Tolsun Books, pp. 48 Cost: $10.00 (paperback)
In Jennifer Battisti’s first chapbook, Echo Bay, we meet a multifaceted and singularly articulate girl and woman, raised on the fringes of the Las Vegas Valley, navigating the complexities of memory with moving poetic detail. The speaker is at once enrapturing and unabashed, exploring adolescence, marriage, motherhood, and grief with both precision and universality. Through Battisti’s unique perspective, we examine the shaded, much less glamorous fringes of the Las Vegas Valley, just as we are presented with the much less idealized aspects of motherhood and marriage. Battisti’s profound work fosters an intensity of emotion which ranges from despair to joy to acceptance as the speaker searches for the freedom of letting go.
She waits...to scour out the marks-- her own choices, the only ones she cannot abrade, while longing to belong to only the deep wilderness of autonomy. -Jennifer Battisti, “Kitchen Sponge”