By David Lau
Instantly uncompromising and hugely creative, David Lau's poems are imbued with a musicality that lightens the darkish undertones of spoliation and entropy. a few of the poems embrace a nexus of interplay with ancient occasions, motion pictures, modernist poetic texts, and works of art—but from this allusion and evocation, a multifarious voice emerges. In those pages, the electrical linguistic scan meets a brand new city, postnatural poetics, one within which poetry isn't just a play of indicators and seemings but in addition a prismatic research of our modern order: "Hurry up sooner than our manufacturing facility leaves. / the 1st column of the liberty Tower / traduces its ensorcellment within the facade." here's a poetry either deeply lyrical and resistant, a poetry relentless in its invention and its stance opposed to the apathy of conference and intake.
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