Louise and Louise and Louise
by Olivia Cronk
Louise and Louise and Louise is made up of four long poems that veer into and blur the genres of horror, soap opera, fantasy, and noir. Beautiful and repulsive, a train barrelling off the tracks towards you, "a horse of a night / viler even," a ripped off / patched up / guts out text by Olivia Cronk.
"I am re-imagining us now in an insect rain, come in to a farmhouse, an apocalyptic escape hatch, into some money from when
This is the story.
It is disgusting."
"Louise and Louise and Louise succeeds at being familiar and inconclusive, on drawing out the discomfort of the way clothing hangs, or the way someone's eyes rest on your shirt....It offers the superpower of seeing detail through a blur."
- Davy Knittle in American Microreviews & Interviews
"Cronk’s work consistently deals with matters of her life, making the poetry deeply personal. She is interested in surveillance, self-interrogation, and in possession of a personal “gaze” such as an examination of one’s own privilege."
- Grace Yu,, Independent