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Ryan's disarming voice in his third poetry collection (after In Winter and Threats Instead of Trees ) is a quietly intimate one: "I think of myself as dust of bones / mornings when I awake / to find the fine white ash / lining the bottom of my box stove." Revelations like these occur at odd, unexpected moments--as the poet tends a bird that flies down the chimney into his wood stove, or contemplates a newspaper clipping about a prison marriage, or watches Bertolucci's film 1900 , or recalls an incident from his oppressive childhood. There are occasional pieces ("Meeting Cheever," "A Buglary"), a villanelle, free-form verses and metrical quatrains tinged with the wistful irony of W. D. Snodgrass. With almost reportorial detachment, Ryan meditates on a friend's suicide, the Holocaust, severely injured children in a hospice. Nearly all of the poems are marked by the control of a meticulous craftsman seeking transcendent meanings in ordinary events.
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Ryan speaks plainly of plain things, and the result is remarkable poetry. Avoiding agenda, he uses colloquial language bent slightly to his needs--"he saw that this was the way/ they could no longer talk together"--to discover the particular resonance of each event, whether bicycling, freeing a bird from a chimney, or reflecting on a burglary. The discovery is often delivered with a punch at poem's end. Thus, losing his contacts when swimming "to get skinny," the poet is reminded of a "friend diving at dusk/ in that mountain lake for his daughter/ and what came to him when his hands/ sank into the cold mud at the bottom." Occasionally, the punch is not so decisive, but most of the time Ryan is remarkably on target. A fresh new collection from one of the most distinctive poets writing today.
- Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal "
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Product Details

  • Series: Poets, Penguin
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (August 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140586202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140586206
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,166,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By on November 4, 1998
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If you read deeply, then you read poetry. If you read poetry, you must read "Switchblade", "Passion", "Milk the Mouse" and "The End of the World." This poet is genuine. The voices are haunting. Sometimes I hate them because they have lingered in the crevices of my mind for over ten years and refuse to vacate. Why not call them over to yours?
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