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George Sipos on Donna Kane's "Surrender"

(How Poems Work, January 2005)
… All these senses now come together and charge almost every word of the last stanza. What are the “thrills” referred to in the first line? They are the induced thrills which spiked drinks are intended for at parties; they are the thrill of being born into the world; they are the thrills of contemplating surrender to love and death. The weak knees of the next lines again harken both to the spiked drink of the first stanza and also to the organic physicality of the second and to the spiritual surrender of the third. “The elegant pause/ in which we drop” similarly brings the sense of all three stanzas together, dropping being appropriate to the effects of the drink, to the act of being born and to the surrender to life’s big