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The eccentric nature of servants, gods and humanity Apr 11, 2004
With grave wit and intoxicating humanity, Nicole Pekarske shares epic tales of lowly servants and the workaday perspectives of gods.
In Intermissa, Venus, Pekarske's first collection, the voices are diverse in theme, form and attitude, and reward the reader with discovery. Using elements of myth, folklore and sonnet as it suits each work, Intermissa, Venus uses modern free verse and lyric meter with the impact of Icelandic saga, in a voice that is both absorbing and friendly.
Sometimes formal, sometimes a spirited one-way conversation with the reader, Intermissa, Venus mixes perspective and voice with provoking irony. Pekarske reveals the painful confessions of the aging narcissist, "admitting I want to live, watch my salt intake," people living by the rules of cause and effect, the ugly rhythm of give and take, and the disappointment of idolatry, "the urge to tear something pure."