John Isles's Ark (Kuhl House Poets) PDF

By John Isles

ISBN-10: 087745860X

ISBN-13: 9780877458609

ISBN-10: 1587294451

ISBN-13: 9781587294457

On hand September 2003 John Isles's Ark is set the folks and occasions that go through a lifestyles, leaving a void; approximately discovering a presence in that absence and waking as much as the realities of the current second. it's involved, at its watery middle, with discovery and disagreement, uncovering and witnessing, no matter if or not it's the hot international, “the global at the back of each blouse,” or the delicate mysteries that may merely be obvious in the course of the eyes of trust: that which “starts the wild grasses trembling.” With its deft maneuvers via either a historic and an emotional panorama, Ark speaks to us with a really modern voice of authoritative vulnerability whereas by no means faltering into sentimental digressions. This uncanny authority on the helm of our ark consistently surprises us, unfolding its lyrical gem stones and treasures culled alongside the adventure, letting us in at the inscrutable proof of this existence. Isles started construction his Ark out of a unmarried wish to confront the deaths of household. The ebook starts in a current second, with the speaker portrayed as an island, far away from different people and from the occasions of heritage. the second one part inhabits a half-historical, half-mythic panorama that exists in a deluge of time and the place the characters, starting from Caliban and Prospero to Hiawatha and others, are all used to “shore opposed to my ruins.” The void the useless go away in the back of now turns into a presence within the lives of the residing. the ultimate element of the booklet is an try and go back to fact, to construct an ark of language, to turn into extra concerned with a fancy, residing international. From “As One with Foot in Mouth” As stray air brushing naked forums. As gentle bending over a couple of boots, as musty coat retaining the only real is still of human form. As flood, as as . . . great quantity of darkness, purple and yellow dahlias, a chest of drawers, all furnishings confounded. All amassing jointly.

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A pin-up girl tears the breath from me, the little-shit boy from the man I am. Lord, smite us in our chains. I escape. And I’m escaping into a whitewashed wall of morning. Myself a dark stain in that screen, an instinct for river and stream. A lost scent Sunglasses can’t hold me in flashing eyes. Call it: illumination is to be bad by prayer. Call it: veritable ark upon the shoulders. A dinghy will do, a dinghy or a bed, a bed of a thousand lies will do. I’d lie like a prince. I’d search neglect — a mountainous rush of blood — a moonshine in the rocks and no distillery.

The slender lightbulb of it, in a room countryless as white sheets, the mouth-darkness of a floor, walls like arms tightening . . Now, I am judging and disposing of roses: Is it kinder of memory to dwell on desire or the Estonian flag of the horizon? sky: blue trees: black earth: white I pledge allegiance to the present moment: [ 53 ] The Bogart break out in Dark Passage where everything depends upon a beautiful painter and a car motoring over the Golden Gate, sleek and lipstick, its fins encouraging the first democratic air.

They are framed up the hill in the Art Building. My broom is a pathetic dancer who has no supervisor. It snags splinters, leaving its little limbs. The curator, who calls me son, explains the past is what you make it. I am a good worker until he exits the service gate. [ 37 ] To the Revenant I think you are sinking in, wind-pockets fingering the surface, and in the lull, the fabric tightens over your half-dead body. blue losing code blue nothing breathing And if I look over my shoulder at you, if I follow .

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