Blog, November 15 — Lisa Olstein

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Your Particular Emotion Machine

The Pioneer Valley is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to readings and other poetry events these days. This week we’ll be treated to a reading by Peter Gizzi celebrating the publication of his breathtaking new collection THRESHOLD SONGS. The reading will take place Thursday, November 17, 8 pm, Memorial Hall, UMass Amherst. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly notes: Gizzi’s poems are filled with the same intricacies that enamor us of certain songs: the rhythmic flourishes startle but never betray his cadence, the timbres of his words share as much dissonance as they do harmony, and over everything is the lyric, the voice, speaking to us with urgency and occasion. Here’s one from the new collection (which also appears in the new issue of jubilat):

Lullaby

Everyone’s listening to someone in the air

and singing knows every chestnut from way out when

the mourning dawn of living each apple and every atom

in the tooth actually small circuits uncover vast spaces

even if invisible you see the picture field and the lightning

is there a difference between a photograph of a child

and what memorials what or what is the role of art if any

within your particular emotion machine

the limits of thought and seeing perhaps

it explains water is one way to apprehend air

the morning light is in us

a stinging charge in the mouth

this is something everyone feels at least once

here before you started listening to the song

at the beach and soldiers by a desert

if anybody looked we are all stranded by the shore of something

I mean to say seeing pictures inside as they are

 

Lisa Olstein will be having a reading at the Concord Public Library at 3pm on Sunday, November 20th.

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