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The Last Man
by R.L. Swihart
What do you get when you wed "Desire is a question that has no answer" (thus spoke an avatar of J.M. Coetzee) with Zbigniew Herbert's "I Would Like to Describe" (I would like to describe the simplest emotion/joy or sadness/but not as others do/reaching for shafts of rain or sun...)? Answer: This book. The same question asked one hundred different ways.
Paperback, First edition, 116 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Kanev Books
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The poems of R. L. Swihart are beautiful and good. They are also talky, which means that they might sometimes seem close to prose. They are witty, profound, insightful, original, inspiring, and always unsettling the reader with his unusual observations about life. Swihart rockets your senses with transcendent images from our everyday world. For me, The Last Man is a book that needs more than one reading, it is a book that sits on the night stand offering itself frequently, it is a book that shad ...more
It’s hard to find a collection of poetry that borders on the nonsensical as well as the highly-imaginative, which seems to be poetry’s biggest problem. It’s either one or the other, or too bland to bother with. Poetry is doomed to be poetry, but it’s not a problem if a reader allows their sanity to circle the drain in The Last Man, a collection of poems by R L Swihart, an author who isn’t afraid to close his eyes and write about the oblivion he sees: the confusion around him when his eyes are op ...more