By Peter Davison
--W. S. Merwin
The poems in Peter Davison's exuberant new assortment examine the ambiguity of turning out to be old--of having a brain nonetheless "a juicy swamp of invention" in a physique commencing to falter.
Both intimate and beneficiant, those poems have a good time the cycle of the seasons, of demise and rebirth: snapping turtles lay their eggs and new ones hatch; a ruffed grouse drums his spring mating dance. reminiscence is imperative: a mother's misplaced face; a father's voice that "plumbed the marrow of poetry as tenderly / as though a darling had crept into his arms"; a wife's "rueful eyes, cornflower blue." And the poet can pay tribute to the literary life--to analyzing, to the correct second a be aware rises to realization, to getting over Robert Frost, to the brain of Sylvia Plath.
These are poems that extend time for us and deepen position, even if Davison is taking us on a course alongside a limestone cliff below canopies of holly and ivy, or is revisiting the moment whereas improving from surgical procedure while it turns into transparent he's going to heal. "To study poetry," Davison writes in his foreword, "we have to take poems into our breath and blood, and that calls for us to listen to them as we learn them, to profit to learn with all of the senses, in particular with the ear." respiring Room supplies us a most appropriate array of poems that we wish to learn with all our senses.
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