By John Hollander
A wonderful new assortment from certainly one of our so much distinct poets.
Here are poems that discover the ways that usual gadgets open doorways to the extra hidden, unconscious truths of our internal selves: a chicken of “countless colors” calls to brain “the echo . . . / of an internal occasion / From my forgotten past”; a subway bee sting inspires quickly not going visits by way of the muses—a temporary know-how that's “as a lot of a / present from these 9 sisters as / Is ever given.”
Other poems lay naked the imperfect nature of our stories: fact altered by way of our necessarily much less exact yet maybe “truer” bear in mind of prior occasions (“memory— / As choked with random holes as any / Uncleaned window is of spots / Of blur and dimming—begins right away / To interfere”). nonetheless others research the dramatic adjustments in standpoint we endure over the process a life-time as, within the poem “When We Went Up,” John Hollander describes the various responses he has to hiking an identical mountain at diverse issues in his life.
In the entire poems Hollander illuminates the fluid nature of actual and emotional adventure, the connections among the easy issues we stumble upon on a daily basis and the ways that the which means we characteristic to them shapes our lives. just like the harmonious coming jointly of bandstand tools on a summer time afternoon, he writes, so much of what we come to grasp on the earth is “A demise second / Of lastingness thenceforth / Ever to not be.”
Throughout this thought-provoking assortment, Hollander finds the ways that we're consistently developing certain worlds of our personal, “a draft of light” of our personal making, and the way those worlds, in flip, always form our most simple identities and truest selves.
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