Reviewed by Rosita Chazarreta-Rourke for MultiCultural Review
There is often an open-ended quality to Bracho’s work, as in “In This Dark Tepid Mosque,” where metaphors are presented in a series of snapshots, allowing the reader to recreate the conclusion. The long and enigmatic quality of “Water’s Lubricious Edges” begins with the image of the water offering a plethora of ideas, seemingly disconnected, and written in a string of broken syntax. Short poems, such as “Butterfly,” lyrically express the beauty of nature. With similar technique, “The Posture of Trees” reminds us of the brevity of life. This book of poetry is the accomplishment of a sensitive artist whose technique goes from the creation of fluid, short, fast verses to a radical changing of syntax that gives the sense of apparently purposeless connections among random elements, characteristic of the avant-garde. The subject matter is consistently elusive. The lack of closure in these poems reflects the postmodern condition of life in all its ambiguity. The translation and introduction to this book are excellent. The poems are a challenge and a pleasure to the reader.