Pub date: Spring 2018
No Line in Time transits between the mechanisms that “emptied” the geography of a prairie childhood and privileged adult learning and travel. It questions what lay under the feet taking possession and leads to medieval Spain, to Aragon launching Columbus. Greckol moves from historilessness to the timeliness of “now:” great- granddaughter of Eastern Europe learning her place winding flashes of medieval poetry, slight sketches of philosopher-soldiers, and faint tableaus, in disjunctive blurts and lyric flights threading an iterating unstable self, preoccupied with the blanks and fissures in her learning.
“If Al-Andalus was a utopia where Muslims, Christians, and Jews seemed to tolerate one another for a while, Alberta is another kind of no place where denial blanks six centuries of forgetting not secret just blank conquest plowing land fouled by elders falling through now-time breaking bodies histories lastitudes SE25-55-14-W4. Rhythm is how blank silence breaks in No Line in Time, Greckol’s dense furrowed sentiences unsettlearning contquested terrains leaving blood shit fruit silk scream storm debris material unworked power flowering through progress’s cracks. Read No Line in Time for bodies marked in time not blank but filled with her;our cacophonous surround of the now.” —Rachel Zolf, author of Janey’s Arcadia
“Sonja Greckol conveys a sharp sense of the missing as diasporas migrate, settle, and unsettle across continents inflicting and carrying trauma, creating hybrids and erasing genetic lines. Varied stanza sizes in tight blocks of text establish rhythms and train the reader how to be in the poem. Swarmed with associations—rich cross-referencing and pollinating—each stanza is like a text book. A reader may lose purchase in difficult poems but be filled by the atmosphere of the poem.” —Michael Redhill, author of Bellevue Square
Sonja Ruth Greckol was moved to write poetry when Mike Harris was elected to a second term. Now she finds herself muttering nasty limericks which, alas, are unpublishable. She has taught college and university, studied order and disorder in jokes, done human rights and gender-based research, organizational consulting, and local activism.