Ledger of Crossroads

Ledger of Crossroads

by James Brasfield
     
 

The poems of Ledger of Crossroads, Brasfield's newest collection, fuse the distinct yet inseparable geographies of America and Eastern Europe, enabling readers to experience "the identities of others, their time and place, and from the strata of their histories, to experience their lives."

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The poems of Ledger of Crossroads, Brasfield's newest collection, fuse the distinct yet inseparable geographies of America and Eastern Europe, enabling readers to experience "the identities of others, their time and place, and from the strata of their histories, to experience their lives."

LSU Press

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This slim volume by Brasfield (Inheritance and Other Poems) covers a great range of subjects, among them ekphrastic tributes, the work of van Gogh, and re-creations of Ukrainian landscapes. The most pervasive sensation evident here is nostalgia. The sober tone, delivered in a manner reminiscent of Philip Larkin or Robert Pinsky, brings to mind places and events from the past that the poems seek to reconstruct, as expressed in the lines "to think about what around me/ is yet unaltered by others and thus/ reaches back, before the stone wall." The irony is that nostalgia, when used effectively, makes us long for a place or time that never existed as we remember it. Although every poem attempts to make a convincing argument, Brasfield's solemnity make his poetry seem distant, and he fails to generate the emotive force central to poems written in this mode. VERDICT A varied book that suffers from a lack of emotional range, this work would only be of interest to die-hard Brasfield readers.—Chris Pusateri, Jefferson Cty. P.L., Lakewood, CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807136539
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
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