The erotic impulse is embodied in Incarnate through a passionate wrestling with image and form. Juleta Severson-Baker wills memory and desire onto the page until “the seduction is complete”. The force of these poems is palpable. Readers witness the poet take a polluted river into her “belly like a snake takes a venomous toad”, experience orgasm as birth, and hike above tree line to ultimately “hear what I came to know”. The poetry in Incarnate is a sensuous plunging into the body. Readers will emerge grateful for the book’s manifestation of experience, and for the human body itself.
Incarnate, Juleta Severson Baker, Canadian Poetry, ISBN 9781897181966, 90 pages, Paperback, 6″ x 9″, $15.95 Purchase from http://alpinebookpeddlers.ca