Some Churches, by Tasha Cotter

Heavy Feather Review

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Some Churches, by Tasha Cotter. Boston, Massachusetts: Gold Wake Press. 88 pages. $14.95, paper.

A fertile confusion punctuates contemporary English via the language’s conflation of second person singular and plural. The best we get is the contraction, ‘y’all.’ On top of that, we use ‘you’ as hypothetical, or normative, what you might do or rather what one might do were you—I mean, one—in a situation. On occasions where the antecedent which the pronoun ‘you’ refers back to is under-specified, the readers of poetry are at risk of mistaking him- or herself or themselves for the addressed, when actually the poet is only letting the readers overhear in public a private address to someone else. Conversely, when the poet is accusing the collective you, often of callous indifference to delicate beauty, the reader is allowed to excuse him- or herself from the crowd and become instead an anthropologist to…

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