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Bone Light by Orlando White
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Feb 17, 09

The other day I read a couple poems from this collection, and they've been in my head since. Today I sat down and read them all. Poured their letters into me, first thinking, slow, be slower, and then, I am not done with this. Orlando White exposes the bones of letters, the skeleton of the sentence, without losing the sense of language. Also, he reveals how, in writing a book, one becomes the book. But there is clearly a person here, nudging from the margins. He handles his letters, ours, with care, and now that we have seen the "bone under the skin of a letter," heard the "sound of space between letters," realized that "silence in a moment is imagination," we can perhaps see the letters take shape and move on the page.

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