Saturday, April 11, 2009
Book Exchange, Part 4
Gary B. Fitzgerald’s two books, Softwood and Hardwood, aren’t journals in the conventional sense, but to a large degree they serve that purpose. His poems are direct, quiet, and reflective. They are conversational and down to earth. Together, they form the kind of record I think many of us wish our fathers and brothers had left behind, or perhaps would still if they knew how. In both books, the inner and natural worlds are intertwined. When the poet holds up a flower, that flower also acts as a mirror. Animals, trees, thorns, streams, and stars — they are all related somehow to love, loss, kinship, triumph, and regret. Lovely.
When I worked at the zoo I noticed
how some animals would fight to escape,
tearing and scratching at chain link or stone,
desperate to find freedom some way.
Others were perfectly happy
to be fed every day.
Book Exchange, Part 3
Book Exchange, Part 2
Book Exchange, Part 1
Recently Linked: A friendly welcome to Nazia Mallick, of New Delhi, India, who has signed on as a follower of Recently Banned Literature. Nazia is the author of three blogs. You can read more about her here.
Journal entry for April 10 added to Volume 23 of Songs and Letters.