LINES IN OPPOSITION by Maureen Sherbondy
Poet Maureen Sherbondy has had enough. Her eleventh collection, Lines in Opposition, explores our need to set limits in times of conflict and confusion. These poems of defiance range from the artistic to the political to the familial, from Basho to Godot, Gretel to Ashbery, the Rockettes to Bubble Yum. At times wry and whimsical, at other times acutely serious, Sherbondy's poems testify to the importance of knowing when and how to draw the line.
Lines in Opposition discovers truths without abstractions. Images and details endorse the hope that marriages might secure Love within families—fathers, mothers, children, friends. Maureen Sherbondy recreates a Past that disappears and reappears with every syllable like a dozer leveling walls inside a house we are invited to enter: one big room shudders with longings for humanity to harmonize elegiac songs of togetherness.
--Shelby Stephenson was poet laureate of North Carolina from 2015-2018. His most recent book is Slavery and Freedom on Paul’s Hill.
Lines in Opposition is an apt title for Maureen Sherbondy’s collection of observant, reflective, and sometimes acerbic poems. The lines are forthright and the strategic dissonance makes a music suggestive of klezmer: stimulating, energetic, no-holds-barred fun—serious fun. These pieces woke me up. Some will keep me awake.
--Fred Chappell, Poet Laureate of North Carolina (1997-2002)