Microscopic Peaceful Implosions

Microscopic Peaceful Implosions opens and closes with prayers, though something is off. One is titled, 'Prayr', and the other, 'Prair'; a sign that things are not precisely as they seem. Written between November 2016 and April 2017, these poems are the author's catalogue of impressions and reactions to what seems to be a new world, possibly a post-America America. They re relayed in traditional forms, free verse, riffs on canonical works, and found language, with the occasional dystopia-tinged daydream thrown in for good measure.

Beth Dufford grew up in New Jersey and currently lives, works, and writes in New York City. Her work has appeared in Barrow Street, The Little Magazine, Rise Up Review and Common Ground Review.


Dufford's pamphlet Microscopic Peaceful Implosions leave me thinking about pity, peace, patience, resistance and joy. These poems act as both mirror and survival guide as Dufford explains, this is how it sometimes has to go, and there is no lack of madness. Each poem is an implosion into the heart and the mind. Where else can we safely implode? -- LEAH UMANSKY

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