Hush

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First off, I loved the simple cover with the fantastic font/handwriting. It really set the mood. The book was, indeed, hushed – being slow and enduring. I love the impact he can mask in such simple words in his short, uncluttered poems. I actually think he works best with repetition (for me to say that means something) and in the poem, “Alone”, it would have been well- PDFplaced. He creates a perfect atmosphere, even if he doesn’t use the same mood, setting, or idea.

“This” quietly opened the book, thirsting for understanding and searching almost blindly for the answers. The rhythm and reiteration felt natural. “Naming the Unborn” was emotional and delicate, having powerful metaphors like “small bean of flesh” and “her blood drums from his mouth”. “The Empty Dance Hall” was filled with echoes and stillness that he pulled off almost effortlessly. “Coming Home” wasn’t as strong as “Naming…”, but I liked the splash of realism and grittiness of “unbuttoning her jacket/stitched with milky poppies, and her work pants//smeared with diesel grease and sperm”. That’s the stuff of writing prompts. “Orange” was a bit dizzying and murky until the end pushed it all together to make it ripe and delicious (pun attack!). The very vivid poem “For Georg Trakl” did not, surprisingly, over-use (or misuse) the colour blue.

In “Six/Nine/Forty-four”, we get the great somber lines, “the slow clack of blood, & download; a soft,/black window in his gut. No poem, & drawings/in his pocket.” “Six/Nine/Forty-four” had compelling reoccurring images, especially the window and the long walk home. “Slow Dance” would have worked better if shortened, I think. Although, I enjoyed the Tolstoy/Anna element, especially since I was reading Anna at the time and can appreciate the poem more. I liked, “It’s the relief/A rain enters in a diary, left open under the sky.” “Iris” lost as and I never got a clear picture of the motive behind it.

The title poem wasn’t long, which is rare. It was tight and tense. We returned to the feeling and situation of “Naming…” and I liked the Chippewa woman (and spiritual) reference and the way the female and the male mourn the death of their child.

“Dolls” was absolutely fantastic and really needs more examination in the future (writes a short note to “future self”). I think it was his strongest poem and unfortunately hard to take any lines out of context because it was so overlapping. “Gin” was so nitty-gritty noir-detective feel, which was excellent, and also very interwoven. “Scarves” was cold and utterly painful (in a good way?) with examples like, “How you compose me, drunk/Of winter, & we survive”, and “a feather of blood broke along/Your lips.”

“Wedding Preparations in the Country” was disappointing and sounded more like a blank page exercise. While it was alright, I couldn’t get the taste out of my mouth.

Bottomline: Very good! I bought it for $1, which is insanity since it was so lovely and sad. I like his style (especially in the end, when it gets looser) and his voice.
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