An Algebra (Phoenix Poets)

By Don Bogen

An Algebra is an interwoven selection of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place pictures and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing innovations, feelings and insights. by means of turns, the poems bounce from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of family members lifestyles, from a road mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the publication; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.

An Algebra is a piece of fixing equivalents, a look for stability in a global of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly developed, relocating booklet by way of a poet who has accomplished a brand new point of ingenious expression and ability.

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I can’t be mindful what I forgot within the dream. A deed or a few agreement obliging, a final required classification, misplaced baby, the home collapsing on its untended foundations as I study sooner than the unexpected waking once again, I can’t bear in mind supply it back—I made all of it up. The wing of the health center folds below itself and drops. vehicles within the rubble, a crane dangling its jaws on cables. Brick epidermis stripped away, then plaster and the barer services: wires, airshafts, a water line connecting every one inner most sink. there's a reminiscence I can’t take into accout, a closed room the place I couldn’t communicate. monstrous foam earphones of the fifties, tape reels i do know from pictures, whatever concerning the sounds, I couldn’t say: s’s that lisped, waddling r’s, stuttering—everything then, speech, this tune my tongue aches to style stopped, in my throat, stuck, every thing a repayment? panorama of partitions within the afternoons: stucco the colour of hot milk, ocher tiles and, greater, shutters sealed in sleep. The hills slip clear of town. Dry gravel flap of my center as I ran prior a home known as sans souci, a home referred to as carpe diem. A digital camera teaches you mild, its texture— no longer shafts of a god via clouds, now not a clean glow or a pinprick laser, yet moments this low sunlight marks passing over thyme, mimosa, and scrub oak, paths your eyes caress, tracing intensity, the shadows’ contact. An algebra, its moving equivalents: numbers with their said values, and letters, italicized, interchangeable, rippling within the stability pans. The trick is that nothing’s misplaced. a mystical innocence. This operation units the bones to reunite the damaged elements.

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