From Publishers Weekly
Recalling the bleakness of a blue-collar childhood--a father with "nothing to say," worn out from tending a glass furnace, and a mother bored with the drudgery of housework--Oresick effectively evokes the hopelessness of empty American lives: "When I think of my mother, / she is always hanging clothes. / My father is on the couch,/sleeping off the factory / and saying No. " Several poems in this collection, however, are infused with a profound religiousness that enables the poet to transcend despair and "rise / through abysses of air / and enter," at least poetically, the "Gate of Heaven." Oresick's spirituality is in pleasing proportion to the predicament of his reality: there is a quiet beauty about common lives, passed down from one generation to the next, from which the poet derives the miracle of faith. He must ultimately defer to a voice inside, "always faint, persistent, / hinting for me to trust . . . / and all manner of things shall be well. " Oresick's language is economical yet meaningful, translating in very precise terms the rich and varied contents of his consciousness. Oresick co-edited Working Classics: Poems on Industrial Life.
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About My Son And Hands
After The Deindustrialization Of America, ...
After The Movement
An American Peace
The Annual Ppg Pensioners' Picnic
At A Jewish Cemetery In Pittsburgh
The Body Of Christ
A Central American Story
Family Portrait 1933
Landscape With Unemployed, 1934
Meditation In Late Spring
On Behalf Of A Man Whose Soul Is Departing And Cannot Speak
One Of Many Bars In Ford City, Pennsylvania
The Passion And Woe In Marriage
Poem For Hamid
The Social Impact Of Corporate Disinvestment
The Story Of Glass
Tolstoy In Heaven
Zishe, The Yiddish Samson
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®