If Gerard Manley Hopkins had been a passionate scientist instead of a priest, his poems might have read like these, steeped in both inquiry and sensual pleasure. From the "Slow, brutish thrust of evolution" to "history's settled scores," Beth Houston's 200 sonnets bring us close to the riddle of Creation.-David Mason The 200 sonnets of Exothermic Reaction are a creative feat. In a fixed form that contemporary poets use only for occasional exercises, Beth Houston has realized an opportunity for brilliant invention, rich variations of rhyme, rhythm, subject, and insight. Each work is a fresh experience.-Walter Cummins, The Literary Review Endlessly inventive in its sent-ups of sex and religion, myth and art, Exothermic Reaction breathes new heat into one of the oldest of forms. These sonnets shoot sparks.-Dan Bellm The sonnet is Houston's favorite verse form, and she crafts each one masterfully. She's a favorite at Able Muse Review where, as its first Featured Poet, her poetry is emblazoned in our cyber halls. And she's also the contributor of the first and only electronic book of poetry worth its electrons. The release of Houston's first sonnet collection is an event worth celebrating.-Alex Pepple, Able Muse Review
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