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Invisible Strings

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
New poetry by Jim Moore, who “elevates economy of phrase to an art” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

             No, I don’t know
the way to get there.
            Two empty suitcases sit in the corner,
if that’s any kind of clue.
—from “Almost Sixty”

Brief, jagged, haiku-like, Jim Moore’s poems in Invisible Strings observe time moving past us mom
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Graywolf Press
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May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have loved wholeheartedly these short poems of Jim Moore's since I first stumbled into a few in a magazine. They are chips of reality, obsidian flakes of the heart and mind. In form they remind me strongly of Mary Barnard's translations of Sappho (the way a set-apart first line functions as title and opening both). Their fragmentary quality, and their deep affirmation of reality as it is, does as well. As with Sappho, the world view here is complex, nuanced, and deep. Jim has told me he didn't ...more
Trina Marie
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I like simple and boring in many things except for Jim Moore poetry:

"The girls still wrap blue scarves / around their long necks / then step out into the December air / laughing."

Come ON.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I opened up Invisible Strings, I was delighted to find imagistic poems, a la Williams, Pound, and H.D. Imagism was born as a literary response to the photograph, and Moore uses the poem as a camera to create a deep, meaningful sequence of pictures in this poignant book.

Moore shows, doesn’t tell. He serves up the poem to the reader and leaves it for contemplation, no reiteration of the main point, no pounding the idea through a final telling statement. His is the voice of a mature poet, one
Leslie Godwin
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I came across Invisible Strings while browsing the poetry section of B&N. I picked this one up and flipped through, landing on page 14, a poem entitled 'Birthday'. The first stanza reads:

"Almost sixty: / from now on even begonias are amazing."

And I kid you not, I was sold. I don't know why, precisely, but I had a good feeling. I bought it. I took it home. I read it in one sitting. I think the back cover review by Pleiades best explains why I love this collection: "Moore will slow
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Moore's style is deceptively simple. The poems fly by and that is a mistake. Closer readings reveal a poet grappling with mortality, aging and grief in great depth and in a genuine way. His language is unadorned, but it is usually precise. Moore does what he can to slow the reader down with line breaks, and punctuation, especially colons, but it's hard not to dive head first into his sparse verse.

There were a few poems, some of the shorter ones, that didn't quite work. They come off as image fra
Written for review in Reach's "Bound to Please" column:

"Jim Moore has keen eyes, to draw the span of the world into himself and construct such dazzling moments. These fragmented poems continue the tradition of: Saphho, Basho, William Carlos Williams, H.D. I imagine the writing process: slender poems on paper napkins, transcribed. Each a breath. A packet of Polaroids. A slip of humor. As in the opening poem, “Love in the Ruins,” which gives us glimpses—an observation of a departed mother’s moveme
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have forgotten many things.
But I do remember
the bank of clover along the freeway
we were passing thirty years ago
when someone I loved made clear to me
it was over."

Very poignant poems about loving, getting old, dying. It is a collection of poems that celebrate humanity, and make us realize that the world is made up of invisible strings connecting our inner lives to the larger world that surrounds and overwhelms us. The words of Jim Moore beg to be read out loud, or whispered in the
Dan Gobble
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, poetry
Some favorite lines / poems from this collection:

Moore's opening quote from Saigyo:
Nowhere is there place
to stop and live, so only
everywhere will do . . .

From Love In The Ruins . . .

I remember my mother toward the end,
folding the tablecloth after dinner
so carefully,
as if it were the flag
of a country that no longer existed,
but once had ruled the world. (p. 3)

From The Four Stages of Love . . .
I want to believe it
when the pine tree out my window
tells me I don't have to be afraid
for my own death, n
Nancy Heck
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would give this book of poetry a 5 star rating on the basis of this poem alone:

At first when you leave town,

the dog and I maintain a dignified silence.
After no more than two hours
I'm talking to her, after three
she's telling me the story of her life.
I nod my head at every word,
encouraging her
to take all the time she needs.
Laura Chorba
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Mr. Moore expresses The feeling of a moment of total clarity of life's laws. The acceptance of these rules and how reality is placed before us and we are observers to it. Very relaxing to read for those who like Buddhism you will enjoy.
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