I really enjoyed listening to Sandra read some of her poetry. Her voice was so powerful for a petite woman with an array of serious food allergies. I am so glad that she read her poem “The Fish.” Her images, use of onomatopoeia, and language really makes the poem pop; I could see her fumbling with a lover in bed and the fish making it look easy.
I was surprised to find out that some of the scenes in her memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl were actually taken from poems written in her first collection of poetry Theories of Falling. For example the part of the book where she uses the metaphor of a Fisher Price workbench to explain the allergens in her body was a poem in a section of the poem collection called The Allergy Girl.
I also went to the session she gave later that night. She read a poem that explores this idea of ambiguous units of measurement where she personifies the capybara as a live-ruler. Her poetry is good when you are just reading it yourself, but it was an entirely different experience when hearing the words flow out of her mouth. It was a one and a lifetime experience!