Rush to the Lake

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With this extraordinary first collection, Forrest Gander achieves the artful connection between head and heart and loins. These are poems whose chronic desires are poised on a consciousness of equal caliber and force. Line by line he detaches the familiar from old surroundings in language exquisitely cultivated to the edge of excess. It is poetry that prompts us to exult in our intricacy. In allowing us into "the inner circle by the boathouse," Rush To The Lake both disturbs our equilibria and restores us to the...
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Overview


With this extraordinary first collection, Forrest Gander achieves the artful connection between head and heart and loins. These are poems whose chronic desires are poised on a consciousness of equal caliber and force. Line by line he detaches the familiar from old surroundings in language exquisitely cultivated to the edge of excess. It is poetry that prompts us to exult in our intricacy. In allowing us into "the inner circle by the boathouse," Rush To The Lake both disturbs our equilibria and restores us to the unflinching wonder of daily light.
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Library Journal
In his first book of poems, Gander writes of the everyday walking, kicking a can and the exotic Japanese sumo wrestlers in a fresh and exacting style that seems to embody a way of thinking often uplifting, yet heavy with a darker vision as well. The poems pose interesting polaritiesbetween East and West, sexuality and asceticism, the pushes and pulls of life and language: ``Where a man loves a woman there is an island/of broken horses, stranded wheelbarrows/ listing with cement. Morning is a flat blaze./ She boils water. Nervous hands.'' And later: ``The black bar in the gold circle/ of the goat's eye/ shifts.'' It is a similar shifta movement just a bit surprising, when one is looking carefully, that produces the slight skew of images and language that make these poems so interesting. Jessica Grim, NYPL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914086796
  • Publisher: Alice James Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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