QUARRY LITERARY REVIEW OF THE SMALL WORDS IN MY BODY

Connelly is a young writer, just 22 years old, but the originality and formality of her poems suggest a maturity beyond her years. These are carefully crafted works, constructed with exact detail and acumen. . . . At the heart of Connelly’s book lies an investigation into language as the essential tool of the poet, and in Part One, the word is made flesh. Language is not only tactile but visceral: thoughts, emotions, and the abstract are embodied in skin and blood, bone and sinew . . . What Connelly says about the Chinese language of her friend Junwei Qi, “the tongue is wind-touched/the words . . . danced from the lips”, is equally true of her own poems.

- Quarry Literary Review, Spring 1992