By Don Bogen
An Algebra is an interwoven selection of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place pictures and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing concepts, feelings and insights. via turns, the poems bounce from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of relatives lifestyles, from a highway mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the e-book; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.
An Algebra is a piece of fixing equivalents, a look for stability in an international of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly developed, relocating booklet via a poet who has accomplished a brand new point of imaginitive expression and talent.
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He’s cleared the inner chambers, still has the gardens to cross, a second outer palace, more stairs, new set of gardens, an outer palace. It goes on like this for hundreds of years. If at last he should limp through the ultimate gate—never, it can never happen— he’d see outstretched before him the imperial capital, center of the world, rustling with red wine and shit and music. Here, nobody can make it, least of all a corpse’s courier. But you sit at your apartment window, whispering such a story into evening.
47 Squirrels Something blurred, warmed in the eye’s corner, like woodsmoke becoming tears; but when you turned to look the stoop was still, the pumpkin and tacky mum pot wouldn’t talk— just a rattle at the gutter and a sense of curtains, somewhere, pulled. Five of them later, scarfing the oak’s black bole, laying a dream of snakes. Needy and reticent at once, these squirrels in charred November recall, in Virgil, what it is to feel: moods, half moods, swarming, then darting loose; obscure hunches that refuse to speak, but still expect 48 in some flash of luck to be revealed.
Irish Blessings! on the new balloons at Jazzman’s Café. Cards for every sort of accident and holiday. 43 to 42; 68 degrees. ” 24 Schine 7 hallway traffic eyeless as a city sidewalk: nurses wrapped around their charting booths, tuxedoed marching food service, timid priest. ” Dying shyly, a nurses’ favorite juggled his breath mask, shifted its pale face across his face, deliberating between competing concealments. Swiping in, a nurse named Dave turns his baseball cap around. 25 In Calico Rock, Arkansas Matthew 26:73 From No Jake Brake and No Barn Burn on to Peppersauce and Greasy Slim old East Calico now a ghost town so anyone’s language shall reveal him decrepit stones once City Jail tells iron sign the words still welded kept and lost in Calico Rock 26 Novitiate for Matt (Brother Isaac) Entire Thursdays in your room.
An Algebra (Phoenix Poets) by Don Bogen