Ella Zeltserman's latest collection of poetry pushes and pulls, stretches taught and snaps back upon the weight of history and the struggle to place oneself in the here and now. From her mother’s kitchen to medieval Granada, The Air Is Elastic follows a life exiled from the familiar into the unexplored. Seasons melt into ritual, raucous waxwings crash on glass, and hearts are hidden in jars of jam along with the private details of our lives. Wistful and aching, loving and tender, Zeltserman’s poems are charged with the potential of a coming storm.
Ella Zeltserman’s lyric voice travels across the continental divides of time and place—a Russian childhood, a prairie present, Jewish wanderings throughout history. Her poems are redolent with sensory/sensual detail, rich with memory, enfolded in longing.
Every page of The Air Is Elastic offers moving perceptions in perfectly cut yet simple and direct verses. From penetrating lyrics of self-realization, family, and community to two impressive concluding sequences, Zeltserman reaches through time and space, expanding to encompass the darkness and glory, the pleasures and pains of human life.
—A. F. Moritz
The Air is Elastic by Ella Zeltserman is the work of a brave poet who takes risks with language and subject. Her daring has allowed her to craft an affecting, physical collection that is fuelled by a deep sense of longing and the struggles of a liminal identity.
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