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From unfilmable filmscripts to a tragic love story of a conflicted saint, Random Symmetries: The Collected Poems of Tom Andrews presents an exceptional range of material by one of the country's most synthesizing voices.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Start in the middle, or near the end - you'll see how Tom Andrews, in this posthumous collection, so consistently crystalized the present. He excelled at embodying each moment, gleaning its unique qualities, and delivering to us delightfully candid, palpable facets.
Andrews's artistic sensibilities ventured beyond the sphere of academic poetics (where his amicable openness and sharp wit were celebrated), found common ground with luminous flashes of popular culture such as Talking Heads front man David Byrne's logical endeavor to "stop making sense" and comedy guru Steve Martin's self-effacing investigations.
Poetry lovers will enjoy transitions of style from one book to the next, culminating in a luscious, first-person triptych that presents St. Augustine during his conflicted years, attempting to balance needs and battling demons as contemporary as family, power, love and divorce.
Hilarious, humble, brilliant - Tom Andrews may have passed away at an early age, but his vitality is ageless.