Far-fetched

Far-fetched

Poems

Book - 2015
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A new collection from one of contemporary American poetry's finest craftsmen Through birdcalls and ancient songs, rain patter and a child's scribble, the poems in Far-Fetched "sound the empty space / to test how long / how far." They follow the contours of Appalachian hillsides, Missouri river bends, and remote Australian coastlines, tuning language to landscape. They register emotional life with great care; this is a work of fierce and delicate attention to the world. It is also poetry meant to be heard, alert to the pleasures of sound. As August Kleinzahler has observed, "In Devin Johnston's poetry every syllable is alive; the vowels and consonants combine to make a distinctive, lovely, austere music."
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374153595
0374153590
0374714088
9780374714086
Characteristics: 77 pages ; 22 cm

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May 18, 2016

Read multiple times, not only trying (fail) to decipher cleverly-coined words, but more for staying at nerve calming reverie.
Even I don't get 50% and miss the point, I could envision each ordinary object with interesting facets, violent strokes of drama melt to nonchalant smear. Eternal nature embrace all, boredom or excitement.
I'm "Owl-eyed"(p48).

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