By Alan Shapiro
An pressing and well timed assortment through considered one of America's such a lot artistic and obtainable poets
In evening of the Republic, Alan Shapiro takes us on an unsettling evening travel of America's public places—a fuel station restroom, shoe shop, conference corridor, and race tune between others—and in stark Edward Hopper–like imagery finds the surreal and dreamlike positive aspects of those frequent yet empty evening areas. Shapiro unearths in them now not the anticipated alienation yet fairly a strange, companionable solitude emerging up from the quiet emptiness.
In different poems, Shapiro writes movingly of his Fifties and 60s youth in Brookline, Massachusetts, with specified concentrate on the home he grew up in. those meditations, continually inflected with Shapiro's speedy wit and humor, result in memories of tragic and haunting occasions corresponding to the Cuban missile main issue and the assassination of JFK. whereas evening of the Republic is Shapiro's so much formidable paintings thus far, it's also his so much well timed and pressing for the extreme manner it illuminates the mingling of personal obsessions with public area.
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Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro