- File Size: 148 KB
- Print Length: 113 pages
- Publisher: Stonesthrow Poetry / Lazarus Media LLC (November 20, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AAX3N7E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dry Bones Kindle Edition
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Holland's depictions of the SURFACE of life include warm, photographically accurate observations of old men at the park, outrageous potshots between two lovers (with a cheeky twist at the end), a down-home evening with Mac and Annie (country musicians extraordinaire), and a heart-in-your-throat description of a small boy's flight, with his stuffed animal, from a premature discovery of the facts of life.
On the INWARD side, he makes empathic forays into the inner lives of soldier crabs and a slaughterhouse executioner, as well as introspective reflections on feelings of unreality of the self and the world. He often speaks of the experience of not "being there" in one's own life. In a more extreme case, he writes: "I watch emotionless/ as these useless particles/ that are me/ slowly disengage/ from each other." (Kindle Locations 721-726).
The reality of the Universe itself is no more secure. Holland fleshes out the distinction between "your moon" and "my moon," and resorts again to a sensuous image: "Here it is possible to push your fingers through/ the elastic membrane of the universe." (Kindle Locations 1577-1580).
Images of death are ubiquitous, especially in the thematic imagery of bones. "A sea of red sand/ laps gently at an/ island of white bones." (Kindle Locations 309-313). Holland is well acquainted with the frustration of being unable to do anything about this absolute limit on life. He represents it in one poem by a tombstone angel who is "too heavy to fly." This craving for the ability to fly pops up again and again throughout the book, even when treated whimsically, as in an image of Icarus tangled in the telephone wires.
Holland's DRY BONES is a pleasure to read, and reread.
Review by Jeremiah Cox
poet from [...] and
author of Redesigning God
Breathe along and:
Experience the Australian Outback from a saddle.
Follow an unflinching eye into the shadowed corners of our world.
Witness the characters who dwell there.
Feel pride in honest work we pretend doesn't exist.
Sweat out a Queensland summer.
Fly fish in the:
"iridescent blue of tropical shallows" (from Blue Dreaming)
Walk away from this book not only knowing more about Australia but unable to see your own world in the same way.
Come back again and again to check how it mirrors and extends your experience.
Get some footnotes about the poems on my blog: niasimoneauthor.com.
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Scroll to the bottom, and under ****SPOILER ALERT**** you will see some author answers to questions I had about some of the poems and one about the author himself.