As Ever: Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger

By Joanne Kyger

This choice of Joanne Kyger's paintings unearths her as one of many significant experimenters, hybridizers, and visionaries of poetry. Kyger is a poet of position, with a robust voice-delicate, swish, and not wasteful; her poems discover topics of friendship, love, group, and morality and draw on local American fantasy in addition to Asian faith and philosophy. Kyger's love for poetry manifests itself in a grander scheme of consciousness-expansion and lesson, yet consistently within the realm of the standard. Edited with a foreword by means of Michael Rothenberg, and with an advent by way of poet David Meltzer, this e-book is a fabulous assessment of a perfectly difficult and critical poet.

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What am I doing! he thought, abruptly coming to his senses and realizing that the first thing he had done upon entering the next shop was to dump the change he had received at the tobacconist’s onto the rubber islet in the middle of the glass counter, through which he glimpsed the submerged treasure of flasked perfumes, while the salesgirl’s gaze, condescending toward his odd behavior, followed with curiosity this absentminded hand paying for a purchase that had not yet been named. “A cake of almond soap, please,” he said with dignity.

I soak And twirl tight the tip of my paintbrush In rich orange yellow; And, meantime, within the full goblet, In the radiance of its cut glass, What colors have blazed, What rapture has bloomed! This, then, is Godunov-Cherdyntsev’s little volume. In conclusion let us add … What else? What else? Imagination, do prompt me! Can it be true that all the enchantingly throbbing things of which I have dreamt and still dream through my poems have not been lost in them and have been noticed by the reader whose review I shall see before the day is over?

Let us describe the last stand before the capitulation when, not yet having stepped out of the normal course of the day, concealing from your own self the fever, the ache in your joints, and wrapping yourself up Mexican fashion, you disguise the claims of fever’s chill as the demands of the game; and when, a half hour later, you have surrendered and ended up in bed, your body no longer believes that just a short time ago it was playing, crawling on all fours along the floor of the hall, along the parquet, along the quarpet.

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