• Title: Wishbone
  • Author: Don Share
  • ISBN: 9781574232196
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wishbone What strikes a reader first encountering Don Share s work is the electric energy of his lines their contemporary music and movement Reading Wishbone Share s third book is akin to picking up the one
    What strikes a reader first encountering Don Share s work is the electric energy of his lines, their contemporary music and movement Reading Wishbone, Share s third book, is akin to picking up the one clear station still transmitting, the frenetic static of the world replaced by a strong signal broadcast Share s poems are contrapuntal ripostes to the Babel of the presentWhat strikes a reader first encountering Don Share s work is the electric energy of his lines, their contemporary music and movement Reading Wishbone, Share s third book, is akin to picking up the one clear station still transmitting, the frenetic static of the world replaced by a strong signal broadcast Share s poems are contrapuntal ripostes to the Babel of the present, a voice not above the noise, but speaking from its midst in a self possessed language that muscles a new way into meaning The poems take place in America s backyards and byways, intensive care rooms and airports, haunted by fathers and Fathers, informed by philosophy, the Judeo Christian tradition, and pop culture One finds the poet there too, less his portrait than a self deprecating likeness in the crowd the Renaissance master in the corner of the canvas decrying and defending, his umbrella out and Cubs cap on curiously Odyssean in the Loop, and always at the ready.Don Share is senior editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago His books in clude Squandermania Salt Publishing, 2007 , Union Zoo Press, 2002 , and Seneca in English Penguin Classics, 1998 His critical edition of Basil Bunting s poems is forthcoming from Faber and Faber, as well as Bunting s Persia from Flood Editions His translations of Miguel Hern ndez, collected in I Have Lots of Heart Bloodaxe Books, 1997 , were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, the Premio Valle Incl n, and the P.E.N New England Discovery Award.

    One Reply to “Wishbone”

    1. I rarely write reviews. As a reader, I have been very fortunate to have digested some great prose this year. Unfortunately, I don't always have the time to sit down and elucidate my views and feelings on the books I have loved.I am happy to say that I do have a bit of a moment for that today. Don Share's Wishbone is a poetry collection infused with a magnetic flow of clear, but biting language. Impressed by the way the prose danced in my head I found myself reading most of it out loud just to ta [...]

    2. "Don Share's work is compressed as a haiku, intent as a tanka, witty as a sonnet, witless as a song, relentless as an exposé, patter without pretension . . . his elegant poetry, exposed as a haiku, expansive as a renga, boisterous as a bridge, happy as Delmore Schwartz with Lou Reed and vice versa, vivacious as the living day . . . built out of attention, music and sight." —David Shapiro"The poet's awareness of how daily life refuses to cohere into a consoling pattern is beautifully mirrored [...]

    3. Unmistakable is the adult sensibility with which Don Share shares his world with us. It is intelligently appreciative of the particulars of life, the beauty that still manages to break its way into our protective shells and surprise us, and yet painfully aware of how fragile that beauty is. Share walks in a world that is all too familiar to us, one that often leaves us battleworn, bloodied but unbowed.

    4. Humorous and heartbreaking, the poems in Wishbone reveal one man trying to make sense of his world. Twisting Rilke, the poet wants to know, "Who among the angels would hear me/if I started screaming my head off?" We hear, loud and clear. This collection reaches us where we live.

    5. Share's new collection shows just as much debt to tradition, formalism, the influence of philosophy on a writing life, and the chain of poetic influence as it displays an innovative and unique poetics very much in tune with contemporary life. A wonderful example of this fusion of the old and the new is "Ready for a Psalm of My Own"; here, Share uses loose iambic pentameter while describing city life and the chaos of hypermodernity: "What language do you speak / into your iPhone?" In Share's hand [...]

    6. Some poems I enjoyed from it included:On Smoking Out Some Bees w/ a Flaming Torch, On Screaming Your Head Off, On Imaginary and Scarecrow Sins at Home, On Fixing Things, On Being Philosophical, Stonecrop, Another Long Poem, Die Welt is so Verkehrt, Poetry, Eclipse, Symbiosis, To the Sister I Never Had, Flip Flops and Mary Janes, Carp Ascending a Waterfall, Fantasia on Rapture, Lines Written During Harvest Time.And the poem I'll choose to share is "Eclipse":Her comma-likeeye-brows.Simple legs in [...]

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