Check out this double-review of Laodicea and Glitter Bomb in NCLR. Many thanks to John Steen, that sweetie from down-the-streetie.
"Laodicea isn't explicitly political, but inasmuch as it describes the landscapes that make the people of our state, it isn't apolitical either. For a book that exults in some of the most lavish and unexpected metaphors in contemporary poetry, it's also true that Ekstrand is, as one poem has it, 'just telling you the facts.'"
Laodicea was a Friday Pick at B O D Y. Thanks to Tomáš Suchánek for a kind review.
"Ekstrand deconstructs his experience, be it historical, philosophical or profoundly personal, so the reader concords with the about-to-go-extinct species of an image on the brim of its line or stanza, and thus fulfils it with his empathy and understanding for its destitute state. For were it not for us “imagining,” there would be blatantly no 'landscape that one / could throw rocks into.'"
Grateful for a thoughtful review from Kent Shaw at Fanzine. Find it here.
"However, within any slight from the Land, even the trivial slight, lies what may or may not be an intractable, unmistakable and dismal resistance to something you are afraid could be you. That Ekstrand’s book can identify this kind of anxiety while not absolutely insisting on resolving it is the larger accomplishment at play in Laodicea."
Pub Weekly review of Laodicea:
"Each line enters 'as inexactly as anxieties' while also presenting a strange sort of clinical exactness that is almost textbook-like in nature. Ekstrand will present a moment or image then shift the lens a fraction to show the side the reader can't quite see. Ultimately one finds a refusal of metaphor—a forest is "exactly how I expect/ a bamboo forest to look"—with tension aggregating from images being picked apart so delicately, always with an awareness that metaphor could exist."