Here and Now: Poems
In his 16th assortment, Stephen Dunn maintains to carry his mind's eye and intelligence to what Wallace Stevens calls “the difficulties of the normal,” which in fact pervade such a lot of our lives. The poem “Don’t Do That” opens with the strains: “It used to be bring-your-own should you sought after something / demanding, so I introduced Johnnie Walker crimson / besides a few resentment I’d held in / for a number of weeks.” In different poems, Dunn contemplates his personal mortality, echoing Yeats—“That is not any kingdom for previous males / cadenced every little thing I said”—only to find he’s joined their ranks. In “The author of Nudes” his speaker is looking for the body’s “grammar” yet tells his types, “Don’t anticipate to determine your self as different / than I see you.” jam-packed with grace, wit, humor, and masterful precision, the poems in Here and Now attest to the contradictions we are living with within the right here and now. Political and metaphysical, those impressive poems remind us of the basic human comedy of having via every one day.
from "The apartment at the Hill"
. . . from out of the fog,
a huge, welcoming condo could emerge
made out of invention and surprise.
No issues with no principles! you'd shout,
and the doorways might open,
and the echoes could cascade down
to the valleys and the remote towns.
the road. I confess to a small excitement in returning them to the diminish, securing their lids, whereas the world—smug as a rose backyard or as something that’s by no means needed to take into consideration itself— endured to spin and dazzle. PROMISCUITY while the neighbor’s drapes are open, I’m in contrast to the type of guy who refuses to place down his binoculars in order that their steamy, solid time can stay his in addition. No, I’m precisely that sort of guy, cautious of an individual who’d draw back mid-view, skedaddle off to a.
your place, your table, your chair. yet you, just like the others, were assigned arbitrary locations in our global. we now have provided and may proceed to provide you with the entire illusions a guy wishes to stick precisely the place he's, and you'll name it future, you'll name it where you’ve labored so not easy to accomplish. actually, you’ll consider unscripted, and it doesn't topic that you’re studying this now. The script says you’ll fail to remember. you're programmed to worship us, who're kind,.
without doubt it intended I’d been taking into consideration her, and he or she appeared happy. i guess the chicken might have been making a song Larry, had I been considering him. yet, no, i used to be certain it saved repeating Da-lit, Da-lit. Years in the past I resolved to aim tough to not develop into just like the whip-poor-will, its appealing lilt turning monotonous because it stored calling out its personal identify. I’d you need to be like a mockingbird as an alternative, the one who integrated in its repertoire many birds in addition to the meow of my cat. At dinner final.
puzzled: If it have been attainable for us to be moved, may perhaps we, too, be outraged, are looking to open ourselves huge, and say, Get them! THE WIND the next day to come, our weatherman stated, the wind could not often exist in Kansas but might arrive complete throttle in Maryland, and along with his pointer confirmed us his model of anything appealing— the arc and dip of the jet move. i need to confess part of me wanted he’d additionally communicate of tedium and lengthy afternoons of nothingness, yet eventually he was once a Doppler guy, dour,.
Now, simply of being born at the improper planet at a time of our ascendancy. as soon as UPON None folks idea whatever of it till in the future we did. the oblong room has 4 blue partitions, the octagonal room 4 blue, 4 cream, and the chairs in each one have been equipped to slot Mister most appropriate, notwithstanding he typically chooses to lie on that divan he won’t name a sofa. He refers back to the eating room because the trapezoidal room, and says we needs to, too, even though to us it seems to be sq., and if fact be additional.