After The Fires Review: Danforth Review

October 2008
Review by Katelynn Schoop

Entirely divergent from both Crane and Tilley is Ursula Pflug’s collection of stories and (what could be called) prose poems, After the Fires. Pflug’s impressive control of language creates a manageable framework for the imaginative content of her stories in which reality is shifted slightly, turned on its axis…The highly visual and often abstract prose makes for an uneasy reading experience in which the narrative begins to interrogate the reader’s perception of reality…It’s often the case that writing that seems difficult or challenging on a formal level manages to best articulate the complexities of human life, and Pflug’s collection is no exception.


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