Speculative Music: Poems

Speculative Music: Poems

Jeff Dolven


Jeff Dolven’s poems take the guise of fables, parables, allegories, jokes, riddles, and different accepted kinds. So, there's an preliminary convenience: I take note this, the reader thinks, from the tales of formative years . . . . yet wait, whatever is off. In each one poem, an uncanny conceit surprises the shape, a street paved with highwaymen, a college for disgrace, a relations of chairs. Dolven makes those unusual wagers with the grace and edgy precision of a metaphysical poet, and there are moments after we may think ourselves to be someplace within the corporation of Donne or Spenser. Then we come upon “The Invention: A Libretto for Speculative Music,” that is, well—surreal, and contours a decisively sleek, solely notional ranking, sung by means of an inventor and his invention, which (who?) seems to be a 40s-type piano-perched chanteuse who (which?) in some way understands all of the phrases to the tune you by no means knew you had in you. The bold of this assortment isn't in replaying the fractured polyphony of our second. Speculative Music supplies us obtainable lyrics that also be able to eavesdrop on our echoing interiors. those are poems that promise Frost’s “momentary remain opposed to confusion” and, whilst, galvanize a deep, head-shaking wonder.

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