By John Hollander
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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A Draft of Light: Poems by John Hollander