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Pitch: Poems Hardcover – February 6, 2012
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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“The poems ring clearly; ‘pitch,’ they recall, is a way to fall as well as a way to sing.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Boss flawlessly employs subtle music.” — Christian Science Monitor
“This is poetic form within and without that makes a true energy.” — Washington Independent Review
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Music is the subject matter of several of the poems, including one showstopper about Bach's Cello Suite Number 3. Music is also the guiding principle throughout. It's refreshing to read someone with a real sense of line. This is taken to extremes with the "Six Fragments for the 35W Bridge," which employs one-word lines. I think it works: it creates a `suspended' effect that matches the material. Gorgeous sounds and rhythms throughout the book are a welcome antidote to books of poetry that seem as though they might have just as well been presented in prose.
I have a preference for poems with clear intention. You always know exactly what the hell is going on in Boss's work, and the accessibility does not detract from the imaginativeness.
The poet's wife and family frequently star in the poems, as do dogs, and some of the poems live more in the philosophical realm. Here are the titles of some of the strongest pieces, with a few lines from each, although some of these really depend upon the cumulative effect of the piece as a whole.
"The God of Our Farm Had Blades"
Merest/breezes made its rusty flower/turn and whine and shudder.
We broke horses, broke/calves of their mothers'/milk, broke our hands/herding heifers, broke/axes and hammers right/off their hafts, broke/bread with thanks, broke/bank accounts...Read more ›
The poems are earthy realistic imagery. I related with the rural life.
The book cover photo was shown in a Minneapolis Sunday paper, as less than a square inch, yet it caught my eyes like a magnet. Also, "Poetry For The Head And The Heart" is correct,