KALI'S BLADE by MICHELLE BAUTISTAJULIE R. ENSZER Reviews
Kali’s Blade by Michelle Bautista
(Meritage Press, San Francisco and St. Helena, CA, 2006)
TRANSFORMING REVIEWS, Experiment 5:
Diagramming Michelle Bautista’s Kali’s Blade
Featured below are the texts within the above circles:
One of the concepts in kali is that of concentric circles. I stand in the center of the circle; each layer that is added is another identity.
Bautista experiments with how we see text on a page versus how we see text on a computer screen. The differences between these two experiences are going to transform how we read and write. Bautista is the canary in the coal mine.
Time is changing. It is becoming more incrementalized, more subdivided. Bautista’s poems reflect the influence of the internet and the influence of time as constructed online.
There are many delightful things about Kali’s Blade. These are just two circles I have drawn.
Julie R. Enszer is a writer and lesbian activist living in Maryland. She has previously been published in Iris: A Journal About Women, Room of One’s Own, Long Shot, the Web Del Sol Review, and the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual. You can learn more about her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.