The Seventy Prepositions (New California Poetry, Volume 10)

By Carol Snow

Carol Snow's award-winning poetry has been favourite and celebrated as "work of adverse beauty" (Robert Hass), "ever stressed, ever re-framing the body of reference" (Boston Review), instructing us "how brutally self-transforming a verbal motion could be whilst undertaken in reliable faith" (Jorie Graham). during this, her 3rd quantity, Snow maintains to mine the language to its so much mysterious depths and to discover the chances its meanings and mechanics carry for definition, transformation, and emotional fact. those poems position us ahead of, and in, language--as we stand sooner than, and in, the realm.

The Seventy Prepositions contains 3 suites of poems. the 1st, "Vocabulary Sentences," displays on phrases and truth by way of taking as a proper motif this type of sentences used to check vocabulary talents in common university. The poems of the second one suite, "Vantage," assemble loosely round questions of point of view and notion. The last suite unearths its idea within the eastern dry-landscape gardens referred to as karesansui, resembling the recognized rock backyard at Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto. the following the poet techniques composition as one faces a "miniature Zen garden," making a choice on and positioning phrases instead of stones, officially, accurately, evocatively.

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Her gift—“in return”—from the first decade of our thirty-four-year correspondence, a range of my letters now ‘returned to sender’ conscientiously fixed in a cord-tied, brocade-covered album, every one in its opened, unique envelope. quite a few addresses, go back addresses, cancelled (5! - to 15-cent) stamps. Re-read with—Vermeer, probably Hopper? Richter—fascinated apprehension, continuing from (as Preface) a number of notes from highschool “still” folded for passing and set—like the envelopes—in photograph corners: to unseat, spread, carry one for analyzing. forty five Portrait (artist’s collection): his goodbye, its chaser upsip of breath. motion, haunting an ‘itself. ’ I positioned the letter (back) into an envelope. forty six USAGE domestic: your absolutely watching for to find x in a drawer. “Slipped the track”: or phrases to that impression. You begun conversing now not even garbledly (overshot, worn-out), nonetheless she was once such a lot encouraging. permit y ϭ once more y, rather than x. Mother’s milk, the transitional apostrophe s: in the end, placed for your personal makes use of. forty seven “Kanzeon—(Japanese) Avalokitesvara; the person who Perceives the Sounds of the area; incarnation of mercy and compassion” Nor pissed off, i guess, through my husband’s— sporadically—noisy chewing. DOOR —shut:—the cries (which you can still infer) have died out by way of the following. forty eight POOR utilization Drowned: combed-out fleas i attempted calling ‘blurry specks. ’ forty nine HARBORED and that i (or: And you), in charge, sole witness to the white latex glove—the variety used nowadays for advertisement nutrition prep, restroom upkeep, clinical techniques which would bring about the alternate of physically fluids; discarded—buoyed through the (with) cove down the increase, at a get rid of yet zoomed-in-on (in cartoons, the alternate of body: sketch eyes zoom-lensing out at, in surprise) in memory—Close up: glove—floating stately, plumply 50 supine (the Bay as right-handed), additionally cartoonishly animate, rather Mickeyish, waving—locally—as even though bidding adieu to . . . --And I (or: And you), international venerated One, by means of a unmarried sheet of an unclipped manuscript (was held, was once read), swept—gusts equalled swells— onto the fjord and, supine (stanza shapes and 4 “corner words,” for a time, discernible), fifty one away: flexi- — equalled wavy—but strangely raftlike, creating a stitching (basting) movement, yet much less and no more ‘at hand,’ additionally much less intermittently disappeared, with my- (your-) self—narrative thread— taking care of with due (—until? ) expectation . . . fifty two HORIZON: OLYMPIC variety, WASHINGTON country, AUTUMN 1996 existence masks of George Washington (Morgan Library Exhibition catalog) photographed in its case, in profile, supine (though bodiless); the gathering traveling the States, our traveling the monitors. Profile. i spotted i used to be no longer content material with no identifying a few characteristic of the panorama. fifty three USES OF ITALICS “Would the congregation please upward push? ” It . . . they rose, a few rapidly, a few handling with a confiding—self-rallying? involuntary? — ‘ urgh’; a few, because of the prayerbook, even turning to set a handkerchief or glasses case down on their (empty) seats, “. .

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