In order to read Carol Guess’s prose poetry collection “Tinderbox Lawn,” I had to sit with each piece individually, reading with care, nurturing each word. There isn’t a story that deserves a one-time read or a lazy glance. Her lyrical sentences and provocative imagery explore life with an intensity that leaves the reader just as vulnerable and exposed. Themes of identity, sexuality, and gender pulse on each page—her words breathe. In this book, you’ll be pulled deeply into yourself and wanting to stay in this place.