By Brenda Hillman
Sensible Water is, like Brenda Hillman’s past books, Cascadia and items of Air within the Epic, either an elemental meditation and an ecopoetics; this time her topic is water: Taoist water, baptismal water, water from the muses’ fountains, the sensible waters of hydrology from which we draw our being—and the stilled water in a tumbler in a Senate chamber. no longer on account that Allen Ginsberg attempted to levitate the Pentagon has American poetry noticeable the likes of the hallucinatory wit and ethical readability that Hillman brings to Washington in her poems approximately Congressional Hearings at the Iraq battle. right here also—because it really is approximately many varieties of power—is a series of twinned lyrics for the moon, governess of tides and evening imaginative and prescient, for seen and invisible faces. Violence and the typical global, truth and dream, technology and magic, instinct and belief are reconfigured because the poet explores concerns of spirit in political existence and earthly destiny. whether it is time to weep through the waters of Babylon, it's also time to the touch water’s residing currents. not anyone is reimagining the probabilities of lyric poetry with extra inventiveness; this can be masterful paintings through considered one of our most interesting poets.
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