By Edward Field
Box is one of the first American poets to write down proudly and obviously approximately city homosexual life.This new-and-selected (Field's sixteenth e-book of verse total) exhibits that his virtues—and limits—have remained constant all through. At his most sensible box is direct, likable, modest, captivating, a storyteller : he writes purposefully and without delay of bathhouse lifestyles within the Nineteen Seventies, Jewish-American history, heart jap travels in a global the place, not like ours, males like one another; and allegorically of the Pacific octopus, who wishes love,/ who's a multitude in the event you meet,/ yet who can open up like a flower with petal palms. At below his top, Field's unadorned type could make him sound predictable: his poems are just as fascinating as their tales and ideas. these days there's not anything radical left, under no circumstances/ within the Village, he complains in a poem from the Nineteen Nineties. a up to date 11th of September poem gadgets to a gang of psychopaths taking on the govt.. Irreplaceable within the heritage of homosexual American writing, box helped invent the various attitudes and the subgenres which are now in universal use. If lots of Field's personal poems now look flat and dated, adequate nonetheless appear clean to offer severe energy to this ebook.
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Morning’s easy, now afternoon with its sense of sand leaking from your fist: holes in prayer everywhere you’d already filled them. Breathing out, you think not of the Psalms but lazy dogs as sunlight forks and darts across the floor—ambiguous flashes of oak roots under water or, lacunae intact, a scroll from Qumran, swallowed by a bunch of passing clouds. A superior knocks at four, speaks the sound of someone else’s name, leaves a small meal by the door. ), into repeating yourself—you who have been called 28 Three Days “this onward trick of nature” —Emerson 1.
40 Predestination Watched, so watching A helpless slouching, settling in as on a long train Clicking by, a square of sky The same or changed clicking by 41 The Truly Fucked (after Horace) Who is that skinny boy trailing musk clouds, Duane Reade roses in his right hand, who follows you around these strobe-lit basement parties, Pyrrha? While you finger your platinum bangs and tilt your head to the downbeat, who is it that you picture standing behind you off to one side? Emotions (you know this better than anyone) are fickle, they swap shapes fast as the gods.
33 Sacred Harp Sing, Bethel Primitive Baptist Tufts of dust dislodge and make to jump among the floorboard cracks as the tenors, abetted by a redheaded clan up from San Antonio, drag their nasal, wavering line towards the chairless center of the room where the caller stands and each sung part collides, like flocks of starlings seething a wider cloud. Fifty left hands chop at the downbeat until what began as a sexual moan fills in, turns, reluctantly, into a tune: Farewell vain world I’m going home away to New Jerusalem and I don’t care to stay here long.
After the Fall: Poems Old and New by Edward Field