The Undertaker's Daughter
80 pages perfectbound
‘As you can see,/everything is neatly proportioned, nothing out of place...’ writes Susie Mee ironically in ‘The Doll’s House,’ before
going on to mention a few important exceptions. This is a good place to begin looking at her poetry, which is lucid, spare and
unsparing as it plunges straight to the heart of thingsthat is, the order and disorder that make up a life, here tellingly held up to
- John Ashbery
In precise, touching images, Mee shows that memory retains ‘a furry distance/from anything which is alive in a different way.’ Beneath the surface of these poems ‘bright as hummingbirds,’ ‘shaped by the mind/as dough is shaped’ there is a recognition of ‘laughter’ during a search for ‘the true nature of disaster.’ Mee has the courage to confront the ‘sad, broken charm’ of burdens of place.
- Library Journal