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H.L. Hix’s newest poetry book, Chromatic, bears as its epigraph the philosopher Baruch de Spinoza’s assertion that “desire is the very nature or essence of every single individual.” The three sequences of poems in Chromatic test that claim. Each has a borrowed title: “Remarks on Color” from Ludwig Wittgenstein, “Eighteen Maniacs” from Duke Ellington, and “The Well-Tempered ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Etruscan Press
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Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Makes me want to read more Hix. Some really great stuff. I especially loved the color suite (I'd give that 5/5 stars alone). Some of the poems are a bit overwrought for my tastes, however. This was especially true in the case of of the "well tempered" poems. I can see them appealing to some, but they weren't my cup of tea.

There's definitely a racial aspect to the "18 maniacs" section, and if you were looking for it you could find it in the other suites as well. This didn't strike me personally a
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Twists of form and some of its lines were fascinating enough that I kept picking the book back up. "Prelude and Fuge No. 4 in C Sharp Minor" is probably my favorite.

Probably better to approach this by questions: is this racial? blending blues and classical? postmodern impressionistic? using the "primary colors" of language to express emotion? is it somehow thematic by subject matter? are these ghosts speaking and communicating? were the poems just written spontaneously while listening to the cor
Eric Phetteplace
I move farther and farther from poetry, both in my writing and reading. These are "experimental", which means they'll probably be more palatable than, say, Robert Frost.
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H. L. Hix has published an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words: A Poetic Conversation (2004), and eight books of poetry and literary criticism with Etruscan, including Shadows of Houses (2005), Chromatic (2006), God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse (2007), Legible Heavens (2008), Incident Light (2009), First Fire, Then Birds (2010), As Easy As Lying: Essays on Poetry (2002), and Lines of Inquiry ...more
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