Bombshelter Press, 2004 120pp
Elaine Mintzer's Natural Selections is a collection of 89 poems about choices. From "pinched fingers, bad movies, . . . chicken or pizza again" ("Mercy"), to the religious proportions of a misplaced piece of paper in "Grail," to the intentional amnesia surrounding the loss of a parent, this poet has an eye for the lushness of daily life and the ironic humor of loss. Mintzer has been published in a number of literary journals, and she has been anthologized in 13 Los Angeles Poets. Her work celebrates the process by which we make it through each day.
Elaine Mintzer's voice moves confidently through a range of tones--delight, lament, and wry observation, to name only a few. Here, memory, intelligence, and love investigate powerfully the ways in which the past both eludes and completes the present.
Jan Wilkotz, Professor of English, Towson U