Patrick Trotti at The Rumpus: “She manages to take a simple scene and slowly rev it up, carrying the momentum of that second, longer sentence far enough out to wander inquisitively yet disciplined enough to bring it back in time to end it on an evocative and wholly original ending. It gives me hope that the elusive, perfect sentence is out there, somewhere (quite possibly within these pages.)”
Jessi Cape at SundogLit: “Vibrant, strategically placed words are essential to the short form, and Anne Valente nails it with An Elegy for Mathematics. Every piece plays a role; each small story stands firmly on its own. The arc builds and releases orgasmic endorphins, allowing just enough time to wipe away a rogue tear.”
Christopher Bowen at Burning River: “Between delineated microcosms you may find your beautiful heart sinking toward the grave of what cannot be explained other than in theory. Anne does well in breaking parts of this collection up from traditional stories using lists: the day times at which a hummingbird goes the feeder, the different ways the things in our world desire (a whale, a shrimp, an owl) or how any random person would cultivate the moon. Indeed, this collection will make you desire.”
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