serpentine loop is on oratorealis’ Publishers Favourites of 2016 Poetry list!
“Skating is an analogue for writing in Elee Kraljii Gardiner’s serpentine loop and further extends as a device to shape this stirring and precise debut…[Her] sparkling and sensitive kinematic style is everywhere evident…”- serpentine loop reviewed in Herizons, fall 2016
“The poems are distinctive for their brave use of metaphor, often situated in medical contexts, that muscles beyond conceit and into other-worldliness…readers may think of Coleridge’s albatross, the poem eerie yet somehow weighted concretely.” – serpentine loop reviewed in Poetry is Dead, issue 14, 2016:
“Kraljii Gardiner’s remarkably unique and well-conceived first collection takes up residence in you. serpentine loop’s treatment of ice – whether it’s lunge above or plunge below – is an indelible read.” – Betsy Warland, Oscar of Between (Caitlin Press, 2016), Breathing the Page (Cormorant Books, 2010)
Only the most steady of poets will hone a central motif throughout the whole of a collection. To maintain such a motif is to be beholden to it. And what does it mean to be beholden to figure skating? It means precision and dexterity, and to inspire curious astonishment. Kraljii Gardiner gracefully succeeds in this poetic undertaking. serpentine loop is precise and dexterous in its language and affect. This book awes me. – Amber Dawn, author of Where the Words and My Body Begins (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015), How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013)
“If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the ice and hear the sound of a loop being patiently carved.” The first review of serpentine loop (“a must-read”) is up at Skate Guard! June 28, 2016.