By Geoffrey G. O'Brien
Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s 3rd assortment opens with a collection of lyric experiments whose song and mutable syntax discover the social kinfolk hid in fabric issues. O’Brien’s poems degree the “vague cadence” of way of life, checking out either the worth and bounds of artwork in a time of vanishing publics and everlasting struggle. The lengthy name poem, written in a strict iambic prose, charts the disappearance of the poetic into the prosaic, of meter into the mundane, whereas reactivating the very chances it mourns: O’Brien’s prosody invests the prose of items with the intensities of verse. within the charged house of this hybrid shape, items turn into matters and experience pivots mid-sentence into track: “The sunlight revolves round the earth revolves round the sun.”
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