In Surface Tension, the twentieth-century metroplex comes alive in poems which bounce off of the coating of culture that stretches across present-day America. Equi transforms language into a form of peripheral vision scanning the cultural landscape.
“A sophisticated, lyric-romantic sensibility oviously honed on New York, West Coast and international models . . .[Equi writes] with a full, post-punk, Dorothy Parkerish kit of weapons: arched eye-brow barbs, nervy, catchy hooks of pop-conscious metaphor and double-meanings stitched in light-handedly, ‘as if doodled there with invisible ink.’” —Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle
“What’s amazing about Elaine Equi’s poetry is that it takes the best of abstraction and the maximum of figuration—city, family, and sex—and makes a fresh synthesis. One feels that she is the most hopeful poet alive: a woman’s wide gaze toward the world.” —David Shapiro
“Elaine Equi’s Surface Tension is a startling collection. Poem after poem surprises us with quiet insights and unexpected, oblique details.” —John Godfrey