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A Visceral Transcendental Quest: Cult Life by Kyeren Regehr

Reading Kyeren Regehr’s Cult Life feels like hearing a friend explain their abusive relationship, a conversation starting with Irish Breakfast Tea but likely ending with whiskey or wine. At 104 pages and with 61 poems set in Avenger/Baskerville typeface on quality paper stock, Cult Life is a troubled beauty of three parts. By Part II, the reviewer understood what the poet was doing. The key turned in the lock. Kaleidoscopic, phantasmagoric, spiritual refrains and perspectives resolved into a pattern. Regehr’s themes of dislocation, transcendent light, judgement and sensuality reverberate throughout.