Breaths' Burials

By Gustaf Sobin

The poems in Gustaf Sobin's most modern assortment, Breaths' Burials, identify a discussion with silence. Breath, its syllables buried within the resonant house among the notice and the void, unlocks the gloriole, the hoop of items published. no matter if Sobin is writing approximately irises, Venetian structure, or the wind-blown plateaus of his followed Provence, his poems are not anything extra nor below a look for the redemptive, celebrating the regeneration of language out of itself. Breaths' Burials once more confirms the compliment of Robert Duncan, who defined Sobin's paintings as a poetry of significant contrast, awakening the spirit to an international of errant clarities renewed.

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Oh valueless as wind, as mild itself, wouldn't it slip, ineffable, out of your hands? would it not? from the claw your hands shaped as they might decide, jab, grapple at its very edges? oh blown climate, dis- banded center, no matter what utters, utters not anything, rather. and makes of that nothing—lyric—its merely degree.

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