Susan Cossette Eng’s passion glints with a sharp beauty in this grenade of a volume. Seemingly familiar experiences well up unannounced from dark places, shift shape, teeter on the edge of unfathomable depths. They take one by the throat. As serious poems do.
Ralph Nazareth, teacher & poet, author of Ferrying Secrets
Susan uses her own memories to take us behind the curtain to see – and feel – what it means to be a woman in 21st century America. Though the experiences are uniquely hers, you can’t help but feel there is some universal truth that is being exposed as the emotions of rage, confusion, desire, disillusionment, and pain come tumbling off the page – sometimes agonizingly so.
Hers is a voice that cannot, and should not, be ignored.
–Bill Buschel, poet, storyteller and host of Grafitti, the arts-oriented radio broadcast on Hellenic Public Radio for 24 years.
Susan’s verse proves provocative, thrilling, and tender all at once. Her tensile syntax vibrates with life’s sensations, leaving the reader tingling from both burn and balm.
–Mary Donnaruma Sharnick, author of Orla’s Canvas
Susan writes frequently in rebellious defense of genuine relationships, love and the sanctity of just plain individual humanity (especially relating to women) against the Plasticville artifice and faux freedom of the American suburban ideal that keeps us from effective engagement with the larger world.
-Rolf Maurer, former Associate Editor, Folio magaine