Toni Raben’s poetry brings to mind the expressive musical journeys explored by many of the more adventurous jazz artists of decades ago. They referred then to a place, more a state of mind, called The Big Room, wherein the music could stretch to the limits of melody, chord changes and rhythmic shifts in ways that pressed the imagination to imagistic heights.

Ms. Raben’s opening lines often suggest a lovely, lilting tune but then catapults the reader into a swirling maze that hypnotically defies conventional structure, yet maintains a provocative logic to its often haunting finales.

Toni Raben’s Big Room is constructed of walls of words that those drawn in will find difficult to escape.


Steve Braunstein

Tribeca Productions