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Where does sensation become perception? Where does perception become words? Where do words become sounds? Full of birds, light, darkness, colors, trees, Grenier's poems don't answer these questions. The poems are more like scrims, sometimes opaque and sometimes translucent, making occasionally visible their contours. And all the while, there's a feeling in the background that these sensations and perceptions and words are all fleeting - a disappearance accelerated, all too often, by humanity's a ...more
This one might not do it for me quite the way SERIES and A Day at the Beach do it for me, but I would still call it a great work of words on pages. Robert Grenier is like spreadable meat (the type in a can (think EZ Cheese meat version)). I would give it a 4.5, but cant, hence the 4. I don't get too loose with the 5s. This one's close though.
My friend Jill used to work at a sauna in Berkeley and one of her favorite regulars was Robert Grenier, who came in once a month for a sauna with his daughter. Jill described him as "elvish." Who knows, maybe not the same guy. However, he is the last great poet in America. That's for sure.