The fourth collection from award-winning poet Rachel Rose, Marry & Burn is a journey through a troubled relationship and a troubled city, charting the territory of love and addiction, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Inspired by struggles both personal and global, these are not gentle poems--they probe deep into comforting personal and cultural myths, rending them to pieces even as they expose the beauty in the bright shards that remain.
Although the language of blazing passion resonates throughout the discussion of love, longing and addiction, the driving rhythms often resemble more closely the relentless pounding of the ocean: "The sky's cauldron / tips a black storm to swarm the harried / hawk, call, Shame! Shame! Dawn has come / in flame." The golden glow of the ancient world, the dark sweetness of fairy tales, overlay these harsh contemporary moments of rape and addiction, loneliness and poverty, casting them in the richer light of another era.
The pain of letting go, whether of love, old habits or cherished personal myths, permeates the collection. But these poems insist that once the dike has broken, once the myths have crumbled, the possibility emerges of building something new.
"Marry & Burn, the fourth collection of poetry by Rachel Rose, demonstrates once again the considerable skill of this poet, a skill matched by luminous sensibility. Rose delves into aspects of ordinary life, such as love, sex, marriage, loss, and children, and offers a new perspective with her gift of making language jump. ...Rose's thoughtfulness is enticing. Her ability to push language to its limits while always maintaining communication is a gift, one that her readers can open over and over."
~ Candace Fertile, Room Magazine, issue 39, Fall 2016
'As its title conjures, Rachel Rose's fourth collection of poetry, Marry & Burn, smoulders with intense lyrical energy and crackles with poetic technique....Technically sophisticated, fierce, and musical, there's much to admire in Marry & Burn."
~ Laura Ritland, The Puritan, Issue 33, Spring 2016