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"Nothing ever travels more / than ...
"Nothing ever travels more / than half-way away," are lines in Carolyn Guinzio's wonderful first book. The tug away and toward one's place is at the center of this volume, the "musty nativity" that one carries through life like a muse. The farther away you get from "the old women ambling to mass / in babushkas and black wool coats," the more insistent they become. These poems are rooted in the ethereal grit of the actual but also reach astonishingly into that beauty Wallace Stevens called the real - a world made fresh by imagination: "We are meant to see / into the water, / into the sky between leaves. / These were two of our many / blue things. Spiders / fatten, listening / with their feet." - Paul Hoover
The career of sunlight is complex and astonishing. "A finch on a thistle turns the dome / of its eye," as Guinzio observes and then, astonishingly, pursues through numberless refractions, unprecendented spectra. Seldom is the prism of straightforwardness so fine, so furthering as here. West Pullman shows colors I had only hoped to dream." - Donald Revell