Thanks to the generosity of Black Lawrence Press, I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Primitivity: Stories by Amy Sayre Baptista. And what a gift it was.
In this collection of prose poems, Amy Sayre Baptista transports us to another time and place. Although I know most writers don’t like to be compared to others, I can’t help but say I felt a haunting whisper of Flannery O’Connor in this author’s work and that is meant as the highest praise.
Raw and rugged, Amy Sayre Baptista’s poems evoke spectacular imagery even in the ugliest of scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed each story and find them wandering around in my mind, days later. Transported to otherworldly places–that could just as easily be anywhere–the voyage is in the author’s ability to plant us in the middle of the story so we read them as if we were flies on the wall, nearly characters ourselves.
Treat yourself to this collection, you’ll be glad you did.
Again, many thanks to Black Lawrence Press for the chance to read and review this collection.