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Dealing the Deck: The Only Card in a Deck of Knives by Lauren Turner

Always read the notes first. The final pages of Lauren Turner’s debut collection The Only Card in a Deck of Knives state “This is not a memoir but an imperfect gathering of personal thoughts.” Imperfection—the blemish that reveals mystery—is poetry, or as Joy Harjo writes, “where there are no mistakes, there is no poetry.” Turner’s post-text warning also includes an admonition from Björk: “don’t let poets lie to you.”