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Posted September 4, 2000
Verbal Music in the Great Tradition
'Sills' is a book of music disguised as words. The highly articulated language of these poems invites us into an experience transcending any single sensory perception. The title itself is indicative of the levels of involvement that await the reader. I found myself surprised by this unlikely word, then moved, even transported into my favorite era of English poetry, the time of Thomas Campion, when the monosyllable carried the line. Reading these poems one is at once touched and touching, smiling without knowing why, even laughing aloud without forewarning. The content is deeply personal, fully lived, and never nameable by a single noun. Any page invites a state of aliveness that transforms the words and the day. Reading this book is like sightreading the most intimate music of Schubert, Mozart or Haydn; or listening to a great blues singer. Just as the words elicit multiple sensations, the artwork in the book is stunning. Both the cover photograph by Susan Butler and the drawing of Michael O'Brien by Joan Farber evoke far more than the merely visual. It is a handsome little volume.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.