The poems in Anyone Will Tell You explore and subvert form as an expression of the relationships between gender and identity, parent and child, self and other, humanity and the environment, and Earth and the cosmos. Distillation, fluidity, elision, and musicality are all hallmarks of this collection, which relies on the rhythm of the English language to expand the possibilities of meaning from line to line. Investigating the experience of the maternal body and its interaction with technology, Anyone Will Tell You embodies the second wave feminist edict that the personal is political.
Published by Sibling Rivalry Press.
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"Chin-Tanner’s poetry reveals its power as an aesthetic object. As a stunning site of stuttered rewording, Anyone Will Tell You rephrases the alternately devastating and wondrous experiences between self and other that have been scripted by and made unintelligible by exclusionary norms. In Chin-Tanner’s lyrical recursions, silence reemerges into language that holds, rather than abolishes, the unpredictable experiences of self and body."
"In her latest book, Chin-Tanner immerses herself in.. playfulness, confidence, and extremities of feeling... Instead of indulging permanently in a sense of pessimism regarding impermanence, however, the poet re-frames such feelings within a larger, poetic perspective of life as an aesthetic whole, a beauty rendered through the elaborations of verse; a perspective that is ripe with ambivalences but also empowering in accepting all aspects of existence without flinching. Poetry becomes the vehicle for strengthening and broadening the mind to incorporate emotional sufferings within a wider lens of beauty and insight...The self becomes no longer itself but is connected to every other self, an aesthetic act of surrender that hints at newfound wisdom and courage rendered possible by the poetic imagination."
"This form of courage, in poetry as well as life, is rare, and yet it characterizes the wonder that is Wendy Chin-Tanner's second full-length poetry collection beautifully."