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Songs of Unreason Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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To put it simply: the whole things astounds me too much. This is a book that comes at you with the all the force of a powerful writer with something to say, something that has grown out of many years of living and thinking and feeling. I tried to read it like a poet and learn something about what the man is doing. But the magnetism of the poems kept pulling me into their centers where I'd forget I was supposed to be doing anything except inhaling. The fact that they were poems at all disappeared. I felt like I was listening with a tin can at the forehead of a grizzled old wise man and I had to be very quiet so I wouldn't miss anything.
God, I love these poems. It was hard to choose exactly what lines to put here to show you why, but I settled on the final lines from "Nightfears," since that poem goes into several of Harrison's big themes--human fears, the hard truth of human failings, our relationship to nature, just to name a few. The poem begins with a list of what might frighten us in the dark and then toward the middle imagines that "The night/has decided to stick around for a week."
And here is how that strange disruption of the usual day/night cycle turns out:
. . .
When the red sun decides to rise again we humans
of earth swim through the acrid milk of our brains
toward a rising light, a new song on our lips,
but all creatures retreat from us, their murderers.
In real dawn's early light my poached egg is only an egg.
I give you these lines without commentary. They don't need any, or if they do, not from me. All I can do is reach up and close my jaw and remind myself to breathe. Which I had to do about fifty times while reading this collection.
Glenn Shea, from Glenn's Book Notes, at www.bookbarnniantic.com
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big Fan of Jim Harrison. His books are written in a real world way that only the reader themselves can understand.Published 1 month ago by Chaz
There are few better to describe the meaning of things through nature. Sorely, he will be missed. Buy all his books.Published 2 months ago by Michael Walker
Jim Harrison is one of my favorite poets and truly an American treasure. This book further seals his reputation as he explores his primitive self and nature. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Kelly
Beautifully written poems and reminisces of a very rich and fulfilled life from the perspective of an older writer.Published 8 months ago by Ned Roberts
Jim never disappoints me. It's like he's reading my mind, or maybe we see the world the same way. I have two eyes , but we're kindred spirits.Published 20 months ago by Jim Madole