Sep 09, 11
Read from August 09 to September 09, 2011
I hate writing reviews of poetry because I really don't have the faintest idea about the technical aspects. Nonetheless, I read these aloud multiple times and love his use of alliteration and rhyme. As in his first collection, these poems unfold in a cadence that hovers between funeral dirge, royal march and family reunion, all shot through with moments of anticlimactic revelation. Though Dickman gives a lot of attention to the juxtaposition of life and death, spiritual and material, this collection is unabashedly rooted in an earthy wisdom that does not overreach its capacity to feel.
In a step forward for me in a more analytical reading of poetry, I was able to follow some of the themes he carried throughout the collection, though I still feel like most of it eluded me. I imagine I will continue reading this collection periodically through the years. I'm very much looking forward to his third collection.