Lives is a collection of verse that explores the complicated and personal relationship between our natural world and the human tendency to become violent and destroy. The lyrics of CJ Evans are intimately political, unreserved, and stinging, yet somehow encouraging of our ability to find solace, beauty, and love despite the violence that surrounds us. Reading this collection felt like finally being able to release a breath I’ve been holding in for too long.— Magnolia
Here are poems with music matched to matter, so that reading them often involves both swoon and startle: "When it folds open, the rule-less rile / of sky," Evans, writes, "the comets and giants. And also: / books, chamomile, and more kissing." Panoramic in time and space, Lives knows each of us, our ordinary lives and our occupancy within history and the universe, our yearning for connection: "And if I turned to you now, my one wet muscle run dry, would you / turn to me? And what else could my heart be for if not to try?"