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Posted January 22, 2009
The poem 'True Confessions' notes 'glamour [italicized in original] is a Scottish variant/of grammar [italicized in original].' In most of the poems, the effect of grammar--mostly as words and syntax--shifting into glamour is partly, most noticeably, achieved by the appearance of French words and phrases. The combination of vague familiarity and elusive meaning is the effect of glamour Estes wants to create. This makes for delightful incongruities and exceptional latitudes of emotion and perception, as when 'the French celebrate/birth by touching the lips/of a new baby with fine/champagne... (from 'Starling'); or 'Scriabin thought/the musical note C was red...' (from Accident'). This certain unreliability and superfluity of the senses and effects on one is not comical or anarchic, as it would be for many. With Estes' disciplined eye, the shimmering play of surfaces is witnessed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.