Poems by Terri Witek
Exit Island is a Blue Plato Special that seeks to remake nothing less than the language. Witek’s work (but really play) tops Whitman sexed with Carson, unleashing multi-vocal, -tongued, -genred, and just plain multi-poetry in extremis: word bubble, snakework, doll clothes, with a tender ear and a wildness metaphysical and physical.
Terri Witek’s Exit Island is a book of voyages, both terrestrial and temporal—explorations mythical and poetic. The reigning deities are Ariadne and Fernando Pessoa, and in verse lyrics and experimental. Witek creates a world filled with snake handlers, sea nymphs, sea chants, and mutinies. Hold on, dear reader, this is a book like no other, a swirling microcosm of the tragic and playful, of betrayal and deep and abiding love.
Terri Witek takes us on a journey deep inside, inside a particularly well-attuned imagination, as well as to a place of collective knowing. In this fine poet’s hands the actual world is broken up and rearranged into a kaleidoscopic vision of a love affair which spans time and space. This is a book wet with the sea and its uncertainties, in all their possible manifestations, yet the moments on dry land are also breathtaking.
Hardcover Limited Edition
Exit Island is available in a 26-copy limited edition hardcover: