Roget's Illusion

By Linda Bierds

2014 nationwide e-book Award Longlist

"Her poems, with their consistently magnificent delicacy and their language wealthy with perception and a sensuous tune, radiate actual strength and authority and animal presence." - W. S. Merwin (U.S. Poet Laureate, 2010 - 2011)

He is healthier recognized for his word list of English phrases and Phrases, yet between filmmakers Roget is healthier recognized for his clarification of the optical phantasm that also bedevils them: Why does a wheel relocating ahead consistently look on movie to be working backward? For Linda Bierds, the semblance additionally refers to our courting to language, to our trust that phrases carry whatever greater than their definitions. Why will we try to articulate the area while we all know this can be a transferring and illusory pursuit? Why can we proceed to hunt perfection, pursue attractiveness, yearn for immortality? Roget's Illusion deals no solution. It easily indicates the striving.

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His youth backyard appeared touched by means of snow, even though it was once August, every one long-abandoned brittle stalk chafed to dirt. No sound as he stood there, Leonard acknowledged, no wind. He used to be 5. The dirty ivy drooped at the dirty partitions. And around the partitions, from leaf to leaf, have been dozens and dozens of spiderwebs, every one pocked by means of a bead of spider. And it got here to him then for the 1st time, that cosmic sorrow she mentioned—when the entire home windows are darkish down the road, and the dirt is unmoving, and wish fails. V. To go beyond wish, Tristan acknowledged, go beyond the area. Then Wagner put him in a citadel backyard, below a lime tree, downstage from a fort gate, and stated to him, Now you're domestic, amidst your meadows and delights, within the gentle of the previous solar. And Tristan replied, Is there any pain which it doesn't revive in its beams? VI. Then it too . . . somehow . . . lifts. VII. Why try out back to make the widespread catalogue? The frost, the elms, the colours, pink, blue, dove gray? She had written, Virginia acknowledged, final evening an exceptional heavy plunge of bomb below the window— after which, without delay thereafter, of the elm tree’s leaves opposed to the sky, of the cows feeding, of the pear tree swagged with pears. attractiveness. Pity. Why test back to make the primary catalogue, from which whatever constantly escapes? VIII. From which anything regularly escapes. And shall they pay attention back to the opera’s first notes, their upward thrust and fall, like lengthy oars inching a boat towards Cornwall? And did he be mindful their stroll years in the past? —the line of straw they positioned close to the river to degree its peak. Fog, thick at the water. A boatman’s voice, a ways down the towpath. Why test back? Morning. Rooks within the bushes. How she had written, The deer precisely fit the bracken. after which they don't. How over the water a horn sounded, then a deer escaped its camouflage and fled up the steep embankment. For larger or worse, attractiveness or pity—did he bear in mind? — how that bounding form broke unfastened.

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