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The Gods As They Are, On Their Planets Paperback – June 1, 2005
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Rutherford's greatness is established by his having produced a large and well-realized body of work over a lifetime. He has an *oeuvre* by which his achievement may be measured. This volume is a solid, and even imposing, selection.
The content of the poetry includes science-fiction and horror narrative (often humorously done), some engagement with world-political events, some treatments of astronomical and archaeological themes, decorously expressed gay-erotic material, and the traditional range of Western poetic topics: Autumn, loss, memory, loneliness, mystical identification with nature and so on. And much is not easily categorized.
One can peruse the whole PDF book at leisure at the Poets Press website. The more of it you read the more you will want copies, for yourself, and as gifts. Less ambitiously, you might start with the "look inside" feature at the top of the page.
One of my favorite Rutherford poems is Ode 22:
There is a time --
the unseen interlude
between the twelve-top
and the descending one
(the dark-side moon
of the clock face) --
in which you await me. . . .
If you have enjoyed Poe, Beddoes and Borges, Rutherford belongs in your library. Like Ode 22, the entire book opens on liminal midnight regions of the mind.