New PDF release: A Draft of Light: Poems

By John Hollander

A wonderful new assortment from certainly one of our such a lot amazing poets.

Here are poems that discover the ways that traditional items open doorways to the extra hidden, unconscious truths of our internal selves: a fowl of “countless colors” calls to brain “the echo . . . / of an internal occasion / From my forgotten past”; a subway bee sting inspires speedy not going visits through the muses—a short-term information 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: truth altered by means of our necessarily much less exact yet maybe “truer” keep in mind of prior occasions (“memory— / As filled with random holes as any / Uncleaned window is of spots / Of blur and dimming—begins straight away / To interfere”). nonetheless others learn the dramatic alterations in viewpoint we endure over the process an entire life as, within the poem “When We Went Up,” John Hollander describes the various responses he has to mountain climbing a similar mountain at assorted issues in his life.

In all the poems Hollander illuminates the fluid nature of actual and emotional adventure, the connections among the easy issues we stumble upon each day and the ways that the which means we characteristic to them shapes our lives. just like the harmonious coming jointly of bandstand tools on a summer time afternoon, he writes, so much of what we come to grasp on the planet is “A death second / Of lastingness thenceforth / Ever to not be.”

Throughout this thought-provoking assortment, Hollander unearths the ways that we're continuously developing exact worlds of our personal, “a draft of light” of our personal making, and the way those worlds, in flip, constantly form our most simple identities and truest selves.

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