Invisible Strings

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New poetry by Jim Moore, who “elevates economy of phrase to an art” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

             No, I don’t know
the way to get there.

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New poetry by Jim Moore, who “elevates economy of phrase to an art” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

             No, I don’t know
the way to get there.
            Two empty suitcases sit in the corner,
if that’s any kind of clue.
—from “Almost Sixty”

Brief, jagged, haiku-like, Jim Moore’s poems in Invisible Strings observe time moving past us moment by moment. In that accrual, line by line, is the anxiety and acceptance of aging, the mounting losses of friends to death or divorce, the accounting of frequent flyer miles and cups of coffee, and the poet’s own process of writing. It is a world of both diminishment and triumphs. Moore has assembled his most emotionally direct and lyrically spare collection, one that amounts to his book of days, seasons, and stark realizations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Lightning at Dinner:

“The poems in Moore’s sixth book are passionate meditations on love, partnership, loss, and aging . . . fans of Louise Glück will find a voice they can relate to, as will readers of Tony Hoagland.” —Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
I remember my mother toward the end." With simple ease, Moore (Lightning at Dinner) brings the reader into the past, where one "fold[s] the tablecloth after dinner/ so carefully,/ as if it were the flag/ of a country that no longer existed/ but once had ruled the world." In short, haikulike poems and sequences of short poems, he offers lyrical meditations on love, loss, and the unrelenting passage of time. "Everyone is always younger than me// and more beautiful. Actually,/ this arrangement works." This collection reads like a notebook or a book of days, recording flashes and sparks, epiphanies, stumbles, and triumphs. Despite the intrusions of war, death, and other distractions that come "at the end of an empire," Moore seems to have found peace and contentment, finally, whether in his native St. Paul or in exotic Spoleto: "On the other side of the mountain/ where I cannot see/ I'm sure another old man must sit/ just as I do now/ like this on a couch in his bathrobe/ lonely and happy." VERDICT Moore's voice is as familiar as an old friend's and as comfortable as warm socks. This book should be welcome to any reader of contemporary poetry.—Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
Dana Jennings
Jim Moore's poems are an artful amalgam of humor and fierce attention, suffused by a passion for ancient Asian poetry.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555975814
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,403,453
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM MOORE is the author of six previous books of poetry, including Lightning at Dinner. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Spoleto, Italy.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Brilliant Clear Moments in Poetry

    When I opened up Invisible Strings, I was delighted to find imagistic poems, a la Williams, Pound, and H.D. Imagism was born as a literary response to the photograph, and Moore uses the poem as a camera to create a deep, meaningful sequence of pictures in this poignant book.

    Moore shows, doesn’t tell. He serves up the poem to the reader and leaves it for contemplation, no reiteration of the main point, no pounding the idea through a final telling statement. His is the voice of a mature poet, one who truly trusts the image. He is not afraid of brevity, nor is he following contemporary literary fashion for fashion’s sake: though he sometimes staggers disparate images in numbered sequences, the power of the poem mounting as the tension between the images builds, as in his poem “Love in the Ruins,” he does not intentionally create fragmentation for its own sake.

    Moore’s work is fresh in its honesty and lack of pretention. The sensitivity of the poet lurks behind every poem, every artistically described moment. This book could only have been written by someone with a keen mind, an open heart, a moral sense, and photographic eyes that can see the invisible strings that connect us all.

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