Robert L. Berner

Robert L. Berner: Review of The Summer of Black Widows

In Sherman Alexie's title poem, black widow spiders, appearing on the Spokane reservation in miraculous numbers, become a metaphor for stories. The summer is full of spiders and thus rich in stories, and even after the spiders disappear, their evidence is found in every corner of a place that remains rich in poetic possibility.

From Robert L. Berner, Review of The Summer of Black Widows. World Literature Today 71 (1997): 430-31.