By Robert Wrigley
A strong new assortment from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has turn into one in all his generation's such a lot comprehensive poets, popular for his irony, energy, and lucid variety and for his skill to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century exam of human suggestions and emotions—Wrigley's new assortment ability to envision our global in the course of the lens of melancholia. From imagined struggle memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' misplaced daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to hurry Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a guy named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), those are poems that elegize and rejoice that the majority attractive, exasperating, joyous, depressing, and completely imperfect of all creatures—the human being.
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Broca believed the size of the brain determined intelligence; he devoted much of his time to ‘proving’ that white males of the Caucasian race had larger brains than, and were, therefore, superior to, women, Blacks and other peoples of colour. Understanding and recognition of the spoken word takes place in Wernicke’s area — the left temporal lobe, situated next to the auditory cortex; from there relevant information passes to Broca’s area — situated in the left frontal cortex — which then forms the response and passes it on to the motor cortex.
Yemoja! Oshun! For her newly arrived wound Name her! 17 The Communicant His blood this is my badge of fertility shed red is my badge of futility month by red month blood is the badge is the red with moon-caked madness the waiting mouth crushes the body broken for all cyclamen girls — or so they have been told 18 Epiphany In a land of shadows Herring-boned with memory, The great stone-bird mother Sweet-balmed with honey Drops her daughters From her open beak — Like pebbles Pebbles of blood and stone; The cyclamen girl returns To her own cyclamen girl — photograph circa 1960 — 19 African Majesty From Grassland and Forest (The Barbara and Murray Frum Collection)* *1981 Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit African Majesty From Grassland and Forest (The Barbara and Murray Frum Collection) Hot breath death-charred winds depth-charged words: rainfall magic power the adorn of word in meaning, the mourn in loss safe safety save mute muse museums of man — Berlin, London, Paris, New York, revenge seeks the word in a culture mined to abstraction; corbeaux circle circles of plexiglass death; circles of eyes circles for the eyes — wanderers in the centuries of curses the lost I’s the lost equation: you plus I equals we I and I and I equals I minus you 22 alone or I alone circled by the plexiglass of circles — in a forest made-believe filtered of fear by light and the au courant of fashion the wisdomed wood stripped of reason restored to ‘living proof’ of primitive aesthetics: “the African influence” on — Braque, Picasso, Brancusi .
As in what am I offered for this ‘lot’ of slaves? as in they faced the ‘shroud’ of their future (dipthongal). as in they paid for their slaves with ‘coin’ (dipthongal). word it off speech it off word in my word word in your word I going word my word begin the in of beginning empires erect with new “Make it new” he said “Make it new” floundering in the old OH as in the slaves came by ‘boat’. AW as in they were valued for their ‘brawn’. OO as in how did they ‘lose’ a language. oo as in ‘look’ at the spook.
Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Wrigley