Montreal: DC Books, 2011.
PS8553 .A3696 S89 2011
Louise Bak’s third collection of poetry, Syzygy, continues to reinvent the English language as a sharp and challenging postmodern argot that mixes a lexicon ranging from Cantonese and Mandarin to Latin, Korean, punk, and Hello Kitty. Bak’s poems explore a concentrated, hyper-visual manner of conveying sexual and traumatic experience in a language of extreme metaphor. Syzygy, a term that means either conjunction or opposition, especially in reference to the moon and the sun, characterizes Bak’s explorations in language as simultaneously extreme in precision and intense in mediated opacity.