Review: Invert the Helix

It’s been awhile since I enjoyed reading John Reinhart’s Invert the Helix, and my review is past due. Unfortunately, my copy is still in Florida and I won’t be able to lay hands on it for a few weeks. This is my review, based on memory.

Invert the Helix is a challenging poetry collection. It isn’t challenging to read. It challenges the reader. Daring and experimental, Invert the Helix breaks rules. It questions the system. It invites you to take the red pill.

I especially enjoyed the concrete poetry in Helix. Reinhart plays with words by merging meaning and sound with visual elements to create surprising combinations. I found myself reading passages repeatedly. I paged back and forth, making my own connections between the works.

I enjoyed Invert the Helix and recommend it to anyone looking for poetry to cross boundaries and discover new territories.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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