Justin Evans, blogging at One Man’s Trash:
“Thematically, Sebastian is on top of her game [..]. These prayers Sebastian writes bob and weave, they dance. As I read and listened to the poems, I could not escape. I mean I felt pulled into the world of the poems and did not have time for spare thoughts or a wandering eye. It was as if I was mesmerized, drawn into a very specific (if brief) universe, where everything was unified and lyric. This unity and tightness of theme is exactly what a chapbook should do.” (Full review here.)
Kristin Berkey-Abbott, blogging at Kristin Berkey-Abott
Part 1 – “Does the Delivery System Impact My Reading Experience?” Kristin examines the multi-format publishing model used for Dark and Like A Web. Full review here.
Part 2 – “I like the ambiguity of the lines [of the last poem in the collection]. Is the speaker talking to a lover? To God? Is the speaker God? The poem works on all these levels, and makes me want to go back to reread the whole collection some more, even though I’ve read it several times. Will I discover other submerged religious possibilities? Perhaps the hours in “the girl and the hours” refers to the practice of praying on a regular basis? Perhaps the breath in “the names of my breath” has a larger significance than I first thought? My brain whirls with the vision of the God of Christian tradition, the God who creates by breathing, the God who comes in the form of the Holy Spirit through a huge exhale of sorts (the rushing wind of Pentecost).” Full review here.
Donna Vorreyer, blogging at Put Words Together, Make Meaning
“My favorite poems in the book are three that contain prayer beads as an integral image. Prayer beads are concrete, physical manifestations of a very private communication with the divine, and they counterbalance the other focus of these poems, the beloved. In each of these poems, the relationship with the beloved seems ephemeral, but the associations with the beads connected to each one are profound and lasting, almost equating the beloved with the divine.” (Full review here.)
Nancy Devine, blogging at Nancy Devine
“…do the poems of the collection speak to me? Yes, they tell me that Nic Sebastian is a terrific poet who will take me somewhere and that I will feel a such a sense of resolution at that end of that journey I will go back to the beginning repeatedly to see just how we got there.” (Full review here.)
Rachel Barenblatt blogging at Velveteen Rabbi
“I’m so glad I bought this small book for myself. Not surprisingly, the collection is gorgeous, both tangibly (beautiful cover, simple clean design) and intangibly (the words, their sounds, their meanings.) These poems are shot through with recurring themes: prayer beads, the ineffability of the divine, travel and the many faces of the world, yearning and time.” (Full review here.)
Christine Klocek-Lim blogging at November Sky Poetry:
“Once again, I was strangely comforted. This chapbook was the friend who lived across the country from me. The friend I couldn’t talk to very often. The friend who nevertheless understood exactly what I had been feeling in the midst of destruction.” (Full review here.)