Crime writers and poets have a deep understanding of what Lorien Niedecker called the condensery. They know how to burn through the fat and get to the heart (and guts) of things, cooking down until only the real, strong stuff remains. Writers who work in both genres are especially adept at this condensing process. We see the results in this issue of The Lineup—an almost painful clarity, and an uncanny understanding of darkness and light, "fragile fiber sailboats on a chintz black sea".*
*From "Articulating Space" by Patricia Abbott, p. 36 of The Lineup #3.