This book follows the flow of time and the river as it unwinds in a small town in Pennsylvania along the banks of the Susquehanna. The narrator experiences those quiet moments of joy when ducks come from the sky to skim the water's edge or in the height of a Nor'easter as he walks through the forest filling with snow, but also the sadness of a neighbor's dying or love breaking apart. The river flows, always bending and changing, like the love found in finding a mate with whom to run under flying snow geese or pile wood together. Yet, the postmodern world seems lost without a past. A bout with colon cancer brings a renewed sense of the preciousness of each day and how the culture is wrong in its headlong race towards the future. The book ends with moments that resonate with the past in a state of continual discovery.
|Publisher:||Anaphora Literary Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)|
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Author Glen A. Mazis, who teaches philosophy, explores the intersection between poetry and philosophy in his collection of poems entitled The River Bends in Time. He addresses Heraclitus directly in the poem, "Stepping into Different Waters," bringing new symbols and depth to an old idea. Mazis weaves philosophy into each piece in this collection, but without pretension. The poems are clear, and precise. They are accessible, while leaving room for readers to find truth and beauty on their own terms. Mazis's work is well-crafted, clean, and economical; each word serves a purpose, and many words carry layers of meaning. The collection as a whole is cohesive. The poems are arranged, almost as a narrative, in chronological order and telling the story of the author's life. The scenes fall together like pieces of a remembered dream, each poem being only a snapshot, and each snapshot a metaphor for something larger. The River Bends in Time is worth reading from beginning to end, though the individual poems stand on their own as well. These are poems to read slowly and to reread. Mazis juxtaposes different metaphors for the same idea, connecting moments in time which, at first glance, might seem disparate, binding them with a single truth that runs through each. He finds meaning in the daily and mundane. His writing is personal, even intimate, without being self-indulgent. Even the most personal of Mazis's poems reaches out to his readers, speaking to something universal. A time line weaves through the book like a river, taking readers through the seasons of a small town in Pennsylvania and the seasons of a marriage. The author leaves this place for California and returns. Ultimately he is diagnosed with cancer. The third section of the book focuses on fear, loss, and death. Even the poems about fear and death retain elements of hope and humor, however. The book ends with a section entitled, "Futures to Reawaken the Past," which brings closure to the previous section and also a way forward. Quill says: Poems that find layers of beauty and meaning in daily experiences.