The Last Girl
by Rose Solari
A shimmering girl who disappears in daylight. A boy who goes to war and comes back forever broken. New landscapes in which old ghosts appear, telling their stories. Such are the people, places, and images that fill Rose Solari’s third collection of poetry, The Last Girl. Moving beyond the narrative constructions of her previous collection, the poems in this collection tell their truths slant-wise, in spiky, inventive lines that sing their way under the reader’s skin.
Readers familiar with Solari’s previous, prize-winning work will recognize the wholehearted lyricism of her elegiac moments, while delighting in a new linguistic inventiveness. Those coming to the poet’s work for the first time will be impressed with her range of tones, with how gracefully she sweeps the reader from dark to light, from pain to joy, composing a particular and penetrating music which lingers long after the book is closed. The poems in this collection represent a writer working at the peak of her powers, possessed of technical mastery, fierce perception, and a tender but unsentimental heart.
On The Last Girl
The Last Girl by Rose Solari casts the spell of a held piano note on a dark key. A haunting melancholy runs through these rich, finely crafted poems. Solari writes with honesty, empathy, and tenderness about the islands we find ourselves on—our shipwrecked lives and our survival. — Jim Daniels, poet and co-editor of American Poetry: The Next Generation
Solari’s poems begin from the center of her heart. Word seduction, myth given life again, these poems descend from the sky as if there was another beautiful galaxy out there, just beyond our reach, breaking apart, poem by poem. —E.Ethelbert Miller, poet and activist
These poems shine like metal with precision, housing content that comes close to reminiscence, reaching almost to melancholy, but turning back before the brink. This technique allows feelings to go through the reader’s body, rather than staying with the writer. – Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books
Rose’s debut novel, A Secret Woman, blurs the boundaries between past and present, body and spirit. She has two other poetry collections Orpheus in the Park and Columbia Book Award winner Difficult Weather.