By Klug, Nate
the place I-95 meets The Pike,
a ponderous thunderhead flowered
stewed a minute, then flipped
like a flash card, tattered
edges crinkling in, linings so dark
with over the top bright
that, status, ready, on the overpass edge,
the onlooker couldn’t decide
till the tip, or maybe then,
what was once published and what were hidden.
utilizing numerous types and reaching a variety of musical results, Nate Klug’s Anyone traces the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenesnatural and household, political and religiousacross America’s East and Midwest. The book’s name foregrounds the anonymity it seeks via a number of ability: first, via shut remark (a concrete observed, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, moment, through translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely between modern poetry volumes, Anyone demonstrates fluency within the paradoxes of a spiritual life: To stand someday / open air my religion . . . or preserve ready / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics yet by no means abstruse, all of the whereas the poems stay grounded within the exceptional, actual international of what it's to consider: / moods, part moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”
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