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SUPERSTITION [REVIEW] - Two Poems, by Christina Olson
This rollicking, richly imagined mosaic pits science, history, and fate against one another in an attempt to answer the bedeviling questions of cause and effect. In the title poem, a woman leaps from the Empire State Building but falls only a single floor before she is blown back inside, scarcely injured. Olson imagines the “Last Suppers” of death row inmates and details the modern medical advances made possible by the blue blood of Horseshoe crabs. This steady-voiced, multi-faced narrative of the human condition is mythic yet modern—keenly inquisitive, never complacent, and ceaselessly compelling.