Michael Kuch: Falling to Earth

The book’s imagery uses the metaphor of falling to look at the human and spiritual costs of violence. Mythological and biblical narratives are evoked in a modern framework that gives perspective to the terrifying events of last year. Icarus, Jacob’s ladder and parachuting Christs descend in our new millenium. The fourteen poems and twenty-one etchings are also frequented by angels providing a vantage from above. Though the imagery does not shy from a hard look at the human toll of human violence, the work is not concerned with a world of blame, but instead hopes to unfold as a kind of topographical map of healing.