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Poetry. "The poetry of Chad Sweeney is exuberant, imagistic, and prophetic. It locates a 'critical moment' of the ineffable that would be inexpressible, had it not been so beautifully expressed: 'the last hawk in the net of his eye.' Prophetic means of the world--'the median burns with oleander from Miami to LA' and 'the beer tastes of uranium'--but also touched by the ...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Anhinga Press
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F. Rzicznek
A fantastic read. The ghosts of Williams, Oppen, and Levertov inform these poems, and notes of Snyder and Patchen are here as well. It's this poet's originality, however, that is delightful. He mixes the autobiographical with the surreal (the bear that roars "in every language at once"). His translations of Basho include a math equation. Who else has the nerve to write "I give / birth / to myself // looking out the window as the badminton / net!" and make it sincere?
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May 19, 2015 Joshua Savage rated it it was amazing
Chad Sweeney's poetry in this book is deeply personal, moving, and thoughtful. Sweeney is a very visual poet, creating stark visual metaphors with transient meanings attached to ordinary objects. Nearly every poem in this collection moved me in some way. Sweeney's poetry is well worth the read.
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Where the arrangements multiply the blaze exponentially.
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Chad Sweeney is the author of PARABLE OF HIDE AND SEEK (Alice James, 2010), ARRANGING THE BLAZE (Anhinga, 2009), AN ARCHITECTURE (BlazeVox, 2007), and A MIRROR TO SHATTER THE HAMMER (Tarpaulin Sky, 2006). He is editor of Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: the Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose (City Lights, 2009) and coeditor of Parthenon West Review with his pal, David Holler.

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