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Earliest Worlds: Two Books by Eleni Sikelianos Paperback – April 1, 2001
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The breadth of tone, diction and subject matter rivals in diversity that of Ezra Pound's Cantos. -- The Cimarron Review
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These poems are unremorsefully gorgeous, and they joy in the gorgeous world. Sikelianos doesn't deny that tragedy exists in the world, but she's more interested in the world's structure and swift chaotic and patterned movements. I'm reminded of the seventeenth-century writer Thomas Browne's "quincunx", the 5-noded diamond-shaped figure he believed beautifully structured everything, tiny or interplanetary, in the world. Sikelianos doesn't seek a similarly unifying figure, but there is for her a lovely patterning that careeningly centers and decenters the physical and experiential world. Her version of Browne's quincunx morphs and moves, and her language manifests that phenomenology. She frequently invokes bendable parts of the human body-jaws, ankles, wrists-and similarly, any piece of a Sikelianos poem can become a syntactical joint where the structure of things morphs into something new and lovely to celebrate. Sentences will divert into a new course partway in: "We won't laugh/while you sleep like I like a book that fits through my sleeve/but what would have to do with the ocean?"
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