By Matthew Schwartz
What you feel
for the sustenance
inclined to a source,
enamored of singularity,
quickly the following and quickly
gone, shadow from which
the body's braveness comes.
I slapped one on my leg.
Its blood glowed.
Blessings for the palms follows a number of speakers—often disabled audio system, who by no means as soon as determine themselves as items of criticism or self-pity—through the haunted dreamscape of “normalcy.” certainly, desires are non-stop presences during this strangely refined and stylish debut assortment that juxtaposes actual situations with the tremendous inside lifetime of the mind's eye. the topics of Blessings for the fingers are actual and imagined confrontations—and reconciliations—between kin, acquaintances, strangers, and animals. Matthew Schwartz’s quasi-autobiographical verse complicates and clarifies the sentiments ready simply beneath the styles and expectancies of the audio system’ sunlight lives, the place anger, pleasure, corporeality, and mortality all appear to collide. For Schwartz, poetry is a sleight of hand that retains the reader guessing via approximately imperceptible shifts among current imaginative and prescient and absent fact. Blessings for the Hands is a lyric reckoning of the strain among the lifestyles we're given and the existence we're made up our minds to lead.
“Blessings for the Hands is emotionally powerful and imaginatively wild, precise, deeply relocating, with no an ort of self-pity, and pervaded by way of ‘compassion right down to your fingertips’ (which Chekhov acknowledged is ‘the in basic terms procedure’ either to write down and to live). This perspective of imaginative and prescient is sharp sufficient to unify a lot disparate material. The poems are transparent and musical and for this reason a excitement to learn and reread regardless of their gravity. I imagine this can be lasting work.”—Michael Ryan
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Fireflies apparently stumbling. I slapped one on my leg. Its blood glowed.
Claws rattle the banister. Downstairs, a blackbird rips the basement insulation. I didn’t know that was you rustling in the upstairs window. You didn’t know I was listening— dissembler, aberration, wellspring, laughing with me in the luminous room, where I’ll say your name and you’ll find me unsurprised. • 45 • Climbing Sometimes you walk with such restless joy, I wonder what you look like asleep. In our long strides up to the trail, all we’ve never said or gotten done in sleep, in the spaces where we live.
That I call it something and want it to stay so I can learn it in the good teacher’s lecture, the crux, the trick, the turn, the stop. But I’m here and there is no teacher or everything teaches, the desks, the paper, the margins, the wall, and someone I love knocks on the wall from the next room. The blackboard shakes with it and spells it out in a cloud of chalk, and I scribble to get right my tremor, erase and revise confusion, correct love to make it continuous. • 33 • But love is here, learning with me every sequence and completion to abandon.
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