Issue 99 |

Astoria by Malena Mörling


Philip Levine recommends
Astoria, poems by Malena Mörling: "In a poem by Malena Mörling the reader is taken on trips never bargained for: time may be compressed, action go in reverse; in the blink of a line you can move from Grand Central Station to a design on wallpaper, and yet when you finish the poem you realize it ended exactly where it had to. She observes the world in all its variety, but instead of seeing disparateness she finds a calming unity. A chronicler of wonders, Ms. Mörling has an astonishingly fresh sensibility as well as a profound humility in the presence of created things." (Pittsburgh)