SARA FRUNER IN INGLESE
Sara Fruner, Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills (Bordighera Press NY). When a poet writes in English as a second language, we get a more precise understanding of words. This is a terrific portrait, paying tribute to Manhattan, and Fruner nails the city with clear, fresh perceptions that work like silk on the page. She owns her words with personality and originality in this high-caliber collection. SPRING NOW: “wearing pink air / as a balaclava / and first concocting / then humming / a crispy war cry / it is sabotaging winter / heading to outshine // criminal and terrorist / the only legitimate / green card holder / has entered the country / smuggling in a cargo / of color and wonder”.