"Truth, coherence, consistency might elude us, and we might find ways to enter worlds other than our own, but here that sort of imaginative effort is not the same as escapism . . . . everything about Young Tambling becomes a metaphor for how we interact with art." Holly Welker, "Based on a True Story," Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, Issue 18.1 (Spring 2016).
"Through a profoundly affecting assemblage of poetry, prose, and visual art, Young Tambling expands beyond its rich source material and becomes a forceful meditation on selfhood, trauma, and memory." - Hilary Plum, Kenyon Review. Read the whole review here.
"Like Kapil’s Schizophrene, the ballad of Young Tambling is composed of fragments, serving as moments of rupture, but also as moments of (and possibility for) greater connection . . . The lives that emerge in Young Tambling are often fraught with tragedy and great sadness, but they are also filled with empathy, compassion, and the transformative power of art." - Megan Kaminski, "A Poetics of Permeability." The Los Angeles Review, Issue 16 (Winter 2015).
"Part poetry, part prose, part artwork, part erasure, part interview, part ekphrasis, Young Tambling is indisputably all page-turner . . . . This is a significant work by one of our very best poets." - Seth Abramson, Huffington Post. Read more here.
"Read this book. It is an illumination of the traditional female all women writing in contemporary America struggle to define themselves against and within." - Sarah Boyer, "Woke Up Screaming: On Kate Greenstreet's Young Tambling," Denver Quarterly, Volume 48, Number 2 (Winter 2014). Read the whole review here.
"Provocative and unsettling in its variety, this third collection from Greenstreet nonetheless insists on the bare facts of sex and death, friendship and family, children's wishes and adults' regrets . . . . Greenstreet places herself in the company of C.D. Wright and Anne Carson, whose fans might gravitate to her careful resilience." - Publisher's Weekly. Read the whole review here.
"This is a book about people who struggle. But for all its moments of danger and catastrophe, there is a stunning and audacious story of a young girl finding her way through selfhood, to art and its many forms." - DJ Dolack, Coldfront's Top 40 Books of 2013. Read the whole review here.
"The questions and images presented in the poems are so vividly connected to the country and time we are living in that it is impossible to put this book aside." - Idra Novey, from Fourteen Poets Recommend New and Recent Titles at On The Seawall.
"You have to have listened to a lot of people to reproduce the cadence and diction of actual speech as well as Greenstreet does, but she never uses her apprehension of that speech to reduce or telegraph the person speaking. She does the very opposite in that she reminds us of how cryptic, associative and random speech, memory and even personhood can be." - Ray McDaniel, The Constant Critic. Read the whole review here.
"Young Tambling is a deeply complex book, structured through lyrical threads of memoir, a tightly packed musical language and a myriad of narrative directions . . . and every line, every page, is an absolute delight." - rob mclennan's blog. Read the whole review here.
". . . 'I change the focus of my eyes,/ then I can see' might be read as a poetics for this entire book that is about biography, autobiography, feminine sexuality, the stories and myths we either buy into or reject and who gets to make them—this book will not settle on one way of seeing/reading/narrating."
- Jill Magi, Pageviews/Innervisions, available from Rattapallax.
"This summer I’ve been interested in books that mix poetry, prose, and visual art. Kate Greenstreet’s Young Tambling (Ahsahta Press, 2013) incorporates all three in a beautiful book that claims to not be autobiography, but about biography." Janelle DolRayne, Summer Reading, The Journal. Read more here.
"It's about intimate anonymity." - Matthew Klane, "What I'm Reading Now" at Drunken Boat. Read the whole review here.
"Kate Greenstreet's uniquely resonant voice always snags me from the first page. In her latest book, Young Tambling, an 'experimental memoir,' that voice speaks just as powerfully as it explores what it means to be: a human, an artist, an emotional being, and a memory vessel." - Laura Sims, My Poetry Picks for 2013 at The Poetry Foundation blog.
"Greenstreet's ideas—particularly those about art's position in the individual and collective consciousness—are a consistent source of excitement . . . . She convinces us that the material stuff of life—which one might be tempted to discard, renounce or merely preserve—can be reconstituted into fantastical, new forms that may provide additional meanings beyond our initial experience." - Benjamin Landry, CutBank Literary Magazine. Read the whole review here.
"While this book was certainly the most perplexing one I have read all year, it is also the only one I immediately started rereading as soon as I had finished." Scott Russell Morris, The Volta Blog. Read the whole review here.
"Greenstreet calls attention to the ways that the residue of history, culture, and emotion obscures what meaning there is to be found in one's immediate surroundings . . . . The visual elements of the book complement this exploration of how our experience is mediated." - Kristina Marie Darling, 5 Books by Women You Should Read This Year in Colorado Review.
"Like Lyn Hejinian's My Life, Young Tambling is less an autobiography of the author and more an ontological exploration of biography." - Matt McBride, Best Thing I've Read This Month at Vouched Books.
"Greenstreet is a master at expressing a marvelous interiority, a collection of quotes, images, ideas, the day's detritus, and somehow making all of this more than just a pastiche, but a whole in which the parts can be observed and analyzed, but never nailed down as to how they work their mystery." - Kathleen Jesme. Read the whole review here.
"What crimes have taken place? Most of all, there is an underlying
sense of a woman trying to resolve her part in an early seduction
and/or rape and possibly a shooting, related or unrelated to it? . . . The fragmentary text forcefully conveys confusion, fear, and sadness. And what of the idea that the young woman is a hero?" - Gail Hanlon, Tarpaulin Sky. Read the whole review here.
"What she tells is often fragmentary, misremembered or partially heard. This is more honest because the purpose is not beauty as we traditionally represent it but 'to learn. To represent a life.'"
- H.V. Cramond, NewPages. Read the whole review here.
"Greenstreet makes sense of what is a story, but it’s not a traditional one, it’s one that is told obliquely, and by this oblique telling (with moments of direct address), it is able to reach a space in the heart that few books can. She is plain in her language, but all the better for it, and her Oppen-esque, delightfully insightful writing makes room for the reader to inhabit this space with her." - Laura Carter, The Fanzine. Read the whole review here.
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