Poetry. In THE STRIPPING POINT Brian Henry moves through extremes of formal invention and referentiality in two poetic series immersed in the lust and language of the everyday. Set at a paper mill in the 1990s, "More Dangerous Than Dying" charts the vicissitudes of a relationship that is simultaneously new and at its depleted end. In "The Stripping Point," language confronts and interleaves desire, enacting the dissipation of both as the poem is "stripped" as it progresses. Once again, Brian Henry raises the stakes for contemporary poetry.
Brian Henry—The Stripping Point