Aggregate of Disturbances
IN "Aggregate of Disturbances, Michele Glazer confronts the slipperiness of language and perception as she probes natural processes--the lives of insects, the uncertainty of love, and the deaths of human beings. Nature's beauty interests Glazer less than the fact that it is chaotic, amoral, redundant, charming, and indifferent to human concern--qualities that are, in these...more
Paperback, 68 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by University Of Iowa Press
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I admired Glazer's language, her exploration of physicality on the edge of or just slipping over into death. Strangely, I was reading this collection of poems at the exact moment that I learned of a friend's passing, and her pages then took on a greater resonance, cutting deeper as I found myself questioning my own mortality, my own sense of loss, and the general binds to this world of ours which are so tenaciously physical, as she so aptly captures in this work. A lovely collection.
Glazer's first book is high on the bar graph for compassion - "Aggregate" takes it a step further, with consistent themes being death and the grinding uncertainties of romantic relationships. I would like to see more prose poems and more accessibility in the language, but Glazer's poems are incredibly rewarding on a 2nd or 3rd reading. This is a author with a sharp mind, a style all her own and a huge heart.