Crises of Rejuvenation by Barbara A. Holland, Brett Rutherford

By Barbara A. Holland, Brett Rutherford

The whole poetic cycle, Crises of Rejuvenation, initially released in chapbook volumes in 1973 to 1975, is now accelerated and annotated via Brett Rutherford. lots of the works during this assortment are encouraged by way of work of the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, and the notes clarify the best connections among the writings and the work. those that heard Holland learn in long island urban within the Seventies and Eighties nonetheless be mindful a few of the haunting works the following, together with "An Abominable Breakfast, " "My previous good friend, the Sorcerer," "High On 3 Cups of Tea," and "The Inevitable Knife." additionally listed here are the Wagnerian craving of "Not Now, Wanderer," and the Ray Bradbury tribute, "Autumn Wizard."

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I wonder if the rain has any bearing on their size. They are so delicate, those small ones, and apparently quite attentive! I merely observe, go out there and catch up with any that might have planted themselves in the dark by stealth. I have finally come to accept them, even more than that, enjoy them. They are company for me, you know. They make me feel interesting. 44 SCHUYKILL WEATHER With the air sagging from its fastenings all around you, and your head sticking up there to prop it, there is no chance for your knees at all.

The atmosphere nags, committed to a grudge it holds, like a threat of blackmail, or a pistol between the ribs. 45 IMAGINE YOUR GUITAR Flinching, tremulous; tweaked like strings, an instant oscillates and worries air. I imagine your guitar as tension strung to no rigid frame, no bowl of resonance, but as an arbitrary scale you pinch against the stars, once wince at a time. The zenith flutters. 46 THE RAUCOUS HOUR The whiskery tip of a russet tail flicked out from under the sofa bed. Small wonder!

Not for all his summers has its bite diminished, even when the green-up hit him and his wallet swelled with May. He has been poet still, despite the blockage of a moveable screen. The Autumn stuffs the yawning of the fireplace and the flue packs solid. The screen is a wall of gems, but even so, he sometimes removes it and the room is brawl of burst October when the crush crumbles and the whole belch of it charges the dining room door. Then he burrows through the heap of his poems for air while his house leans on the wind.

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