By John Hollander

ISBN-10: 0307494918

ISBN-13: 9780307494917

An excellent new assortment from one among our so much special poets.

Here are poems that discover the ways that traditional items 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 short-term expertise 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 thoughts: fact altered through our necessarily much less exact yet maybe “truer” bear in mind of prior occasions (“memory— / As filled with random holes as any / Uncleaned window is of spots / Of blur and dimming—begins right now / To interfere”). nonetheless others learn the dramatic alterations in viewpoint 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 mountaineering a similar mountain at varied issues in his life.

In the entire poems Hollander illuminates the fluid nature of actual and emotional event, the connections among the straightforward issues we come upon on a daily basis and the ways that the that means we characteristic to them shapes our lives. just like the harmonious coming jointly of bandstand tools on a summer time afternoon, he writes, such a lot of what we come to understand on the planet is “A demise second / Of lastingness thenceforth / Ever to not be.”

Throughout this thought-provoking assortment, Hollander finds the ways that we're consistently growing certain worlds of our personal, “a draft of light” of our personal making, and the way those worlds, in flip, continuously form our most simple identities and truest selves.

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Damage to People: A vehicle operator who’s injured has the usual -1 to -4 for shock, or -4 if stunned, on his next Chase Roll. If a human falls unconscious or dies, though, he can no longer Foot, plane, and boat chases mostly involve only interested parties. But what would a cinematic car chase be without parked vehicles, property, and citizens getting splashed everywhere? On crowded streets, each wipeout of any kind causes a random accident. If the quarry causes an accident, his pursuer has -(1d-1) – that’s 0 to -5 – on his next Chase Roll, due to the chaos.

Therefore, when the player specifies an adjustment to the world that merely lets him try something, it costs only 1 point. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG 41 Destroyed – The item is at -HP or worse. It’s dead, Jim. You can’t fix it! Two special repairs often feature in action stories: Get the Lights On! Restoring power to a building or a large vehicle requires suitable tools and an Electrician roll. Critical failure means a shock: 3d burning. Much as when cutting the power (p. 25), Area Knowledge or Climbing may be needed to find hookups or shinny up power polls, respectively.

Fast Reloads: Reloading takes the usual amount of time if the enemy can see you. If you’re already behind concealment, reloading any gun takes one Ready maneuver. If you take a Move maneuver to reach concealment, you can either Ready next turn or make a Fast-Draw (Ammo) roll at the end of your movement and start next turn with a loaded weapon. Flawless Firearms: Guns don’t require maintenance, have Malfunction numbers, jam or overheat, suffer when thrown or used to pummel people, or endanger the heroes with hot brass or deadly backblast.

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