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By Joseph Campana

ISBN-10: 1609380819

ISBN-13: 9781609380816

ISBN-10: 1609380924

ISBN-13: 9781609380922

Whether wandering the trails of the mind's eye, riding via carefully populated nation-state, or listening for the voices of animals, Joseph Campana’s poemsattend to the methods we're indelibly marked through habitat. Shot choked with unintended attachments and reluctant transience, Natural Selectionsproduces from brilliant contradiction powerful song.
In poems either lyric and expansive, Natural decisions finds within the simplicity and strangeness of heart the USA a fancy metaphysics of position and an uncanny point of view akin to the landscapes of supply wooden. Birds and beasts, common storms, state roads, a fraught election, and a few of Ohio’s literary parent angels (James Wright, Hart Crane, and Sherwood Anderson) hang-out the poems. no matter if enigmatically refracted or brutally direct, those poems attend to the best way existence is fantastically, violently, and unexpectedly marked by means of place.

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.

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