English Language and Literature
The poems in Crocus take as their starting points the interior universes created by myth, art, and memory, and through the exploration of these terrains create new ways of understanding the ordinary. Finding voice through both lyric and narrative approaches, Gottshall's poems are filled with complex music, unexpected imagery, and the mysterious interplay between the physical world and that of the imagination.
"These are lyrics that briefly and beautifully change our view of the world. In this effort, they do a quietly wild, beguilingly sudden work of making us rethink the ordinary before we can help ourselves, followed by the unnerving next part that hits us consequentially—we live in this world they are describing, though we had thought that we understood it perfectly well already."-Albert Rios
Gottshall, Karin, "Crocus" (2007). Poetry. 4.