PoemsBook - 2012
Wheeler reconstructs her mother s voice down to its cynicism and its mid twentieth-century midwestern vernacular in The Maud Poems, a voice that takes a more aggressive, vituperative turn in The Devil or The Introjects. In the book s third long sequence, a generational inheritance feeds cultural transmission in The Split. A set of variations on losses and break-ups wildly, darkly funny throughout and, in places, devastatingly sad The Split brings Wheeler s lauded inventiveness, wit, and insight to the profound loss of love. One read, and the meme Should I stay or should I go? will be altered in your head forever."