By Joseph Campana
With a boldness of imaginative and prescient that would crush a lesser expertise, Joseph Campana provides us a set guided by means of a concentrated intelligence and but containing wonderment and awe at its center. via turns ferocious and captivating, modern and mythic, grief-stricken and humorous, the poet’s voice is often unique, direct, and pitch-perfect. The poems during this publication are a ask yourself.
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I drove with the sky right behind me, burning itself alive, but never did I look back. * There was a secretary I knew who lived in Homer but worked in Ithaca. She spent her time typing. We were no longer to call her a secretary. She spent her time driving as well: twenty-six miles each way, each mile a different letter, each trip a useless expression of want, each habitual transit another sentence without end. 22 * Ungrateful heart, love is far away. Even were it near, it would still be an imprecise designation.
Still, it wasn’t the poet who sent them packing to sell twelve kinds of nothing any hour of the day or night. Picture the poem as a factory: in goes suffering and out come words, when all the kittens wanted was sustenance. They had shelter under a porch I wouldn’t know how to fix. The rotting porch will still creak when the kittens flee or prove less fit than other hungers. Nature isn’t cruel it just can’t stop making complications, which we often call pain. Take the man in Columbus crying innocent and the woman crying justice.
He rode waves of devastation, what you call expectation: so human, so likely to fail, to raze, to rend, to tear sweet marrow from land from which little could be made. He held acquaintance with a will to look up from the wasted, ignorant bloom of a nightmare born in the unclean waters of memory. He held acquaintance with nightmare: he held it in his hand. The holding was a kind of love. No one wanted to touch it, this land. He held it up to the sky, held acquaintance with a sky clean and undeserved.
Natural selections by Joseph Campana