The Public Mirror

The Public Mirror

by Richard Katrovas

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Katrovas's ( Snug Harbor ) characteristic tautness of language and lyrical intensity slacken here, but his singular voice and unvarnished vision remain constant and convincing. Once again, the streets of New Orleans--where to live ``is to reconsider, / daily . . . / the crumbling communities of dead / the holiness of closure''--provide a fitting backdrop for the poet's concerns, the ghosts of his own past as well as the city's nocturnal figures: waiters in gaudy dives; a ``brilliant, illiterate neighbor, / who seems never to sleep,''; and drag queens ``who mope from bars . . . / to greet with clicking heels the light that saddens them.'' It is in the ``horror / of the light,'' the poet suggests, that we see ourselves for who we really are, as in the title poem where he remembers himself as a child ``before the public mirror . . . / a hair more than nothing, / whom I could destroy simply by closing my eyes.'' In the ideal life, says Katrovas, ``there are no mirrors,'' and perhaps there should be fewer in these poems--the repetitive, forced mirror imagery undermines the book's edge and urgency. (Apr.)

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Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
Wesleyan Poetry Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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