The Clerk's Tale: Poems

The Clerk's Tale: Poems

Spencer Reece


In a contemporary double fiction factor, the recent Yorker committed the complete again web page to a unmarried poem, "The Clerk's Tale," via Spencer Reece. The poet who drew such strange cognizance has a stunning historical past: for a few years he has labored for Brooks Brothers, a incontrovertible fact that lends specific nuance to the identify of his assortment. The Clerk's story can pay homage not just to Chaucer yet to the clerks' brotherhood of provider within the mall, the place "the mild is brilliant and synthetic, / but no longer assorted to that present in a Gothic cathedral." The fifty poems within the Clerk's story are exquisitely constrained, shot via with a eager for permanence, from the quasi-monastic lifetime of salesmen at Brooks Brothers to the poignant lingering gentle of a Miami nightfall to the burden of geography on an empty Minnesota farm. Gluck describes them as having "an impact i have not particularly obvious sooner than, part cocktail social gathering, part ardour play . . . we don't anticipate virtuosity because the outward kind of soul-making, nor will we affiliate generosity and humanity with such sophistication of skill, such polished intelligence . . . a lot lifestyles has long gone into the making of this artwork, a lot sufferer craft."

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