Metropole (New California Poetry, Volume 33)

Metropole (New California Poetry, Volume 33)

Geoffrey G. O'Brien


Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s 3rd assortment opens with a collection of lyric experiments whose song and mutable syntax discover the social relatives hid in fabric issues. O’Brien’s poems degree the “vague cadence” of lifestyle, trying out either the price and boundaries of artwork in a time of vanishing publics and everlasting battle. The lengthy name poem, written in a strict iambic prose, charts the disappearance of the poetic into the prosaic, of meter into the mundane, whereas reactivating the very chances it mourns: O’Brien’s prosody invests the prose of items with the intensities of verse. within the charged area of this hybrid shape, gadgets turn into topics and experience pivots mid-sentence into tune: “The solar revolves round the earth revolves round the sun.”

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