An Algebra (Phoenix Poets) by Don Bogen

By Don Bogen

An Algebra is an interwoven selection of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place pictures and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing concepts, feelings and insights. by way of turns, the poems bounce from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of kinfolk lifestyles, from a highway mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the publication; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.

An Algebra is a piece of fixing equivalents, a look for stability in a global of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly built, relocating booklet by way of a poet who has accomplished a brand new point of resourceful expression and ability.

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When only half drunk he could perform decent cranial surgery. There was the blind man who never said anything but produced spectral sounds on a musical saw. There was Walsh’s, with its fancy grocery department. What a treat when Mother or Father would take us down there, skidding over slippery snow and ice, to be rewarded with a rare fig from somewhere. They had teas from every country you could imagine and hard little cakes from Scotland, rare sherries and Madeiras to reward the aunts and uncles who came dancing.

Seasons belong to others than us. Our work keeps us up late nights; there is no more joy or sorrow than in what work gives. A little boy thought the raven on the bluff was a winged instrument; there is so little that gives and says it gives. Others felt themselves ostracized by the moon. The pure joy of daily living became impacted with the blood of fate and battles. There’s no turning back the man says, the one waiting to take tickets at the top of the gangplank. Still, in the past we could always wait a little.

Hungry eaters of a slender substance —C. M. DOUGHTY One thing follows another awning in the event horizon. One life in the going changes the subject. Some things made sense, others didn’t. I didn’t expect to die so soon. Well, I guess I’ll have to have tabulated myself in some way. I’d discussed writing on your leg. Others in the tree school groaned, stirred in their sleep, having lately put away childish things. All of us late. What if we lived overseas? We could survive on alms and pledges for a while, find jobs in the barrel industry, decoct melismas on which to build an echo.

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