By Nate Klug
Where I-95 meets The Pike,
a ponderous thunderhead flowered—
stewed a minute, then flipped
like a flash card, tattered
edges crinkling in, linings so dark
with over the top bright
that, status, ready, on the overpass edge,
the onlooker couldn’t decide
until the top, or maybe then,
what used to be printed and what were hidden.
Using numerous types and attaining a number musical results, Nate Klug’s a person strains the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenes—natural and household, political and religious—across America’s East and Midwest. The book’s identify foregrounds the anonymity it seeks via a number of potential: first, via shut remark (a concrete observed, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, moment, through translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely between modern poetry volumes, a person demonstrates fluency within the paradoxes of a spiritual life: “To stand someday / outdoors my religion . . . or continue ready / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics yet by no means abstruse, all of the whereas the poems stay grounded within the extraordinary, actual global of “what it really is to suppose: / moods, part moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”
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Tomorrow, a fretwork of muddy leaf prints: new birds crowding the dark. 22 2. Streaked red by woodchips and stacked contiguous either side of the curb like model mountain ranges or near a drain grate islanded in a stubborn, clinging scarp: driveway gravel, duff, two months of doggy marks pressed together until the ridges glitter with a peeling spray-paint sheen dry as Styrofoam— too brittle now to melt they’ll wait, nearer air each day, then disappear one warm and sudden rain. 23 Shifts Bridgeport Hospital, Connecticut Glassed in behind the grill station’s steam, she chops and shovels the daily specials, calling each woman mami, each man baby.
Cards for every sort of accident and holiday. 43 to 42; 68 degrees. ” 24 Schine 7 hallway traffic eyeless as a city sidewalk: nurses wrapped around their charting booths, tuxedoed marching food service, timid priest. ” Dying shyly, a nurses’ favorite juggled his breath mask, shifted its pale face across his face, deliberating between competing concealments. Swiping in, a nurse named Dave turns his baseball cap around. 25 In Calico Rock, Arkansas Matthew 26:73 From No Jake Brake and No Barn Burn on to Peppersauce and Greasy Slim old East Calico now a ghost town so anyone’s language shall reveal him decrepit stones once City Jail tells iron sign the words still welded kept and lost in Calico Rock 26 Novitiate for Matt (Brother Isaac) Entire Thursdays in your room.
42 Petition Goddess of physical mail and a crow’s garbage-heap luck, descend, come whirling on your bright chariot back to jackhammer me full just once more of your fine spunk, so each line might arrive bristling with rhyme and intact; consider, furthermore, sticking around a little beyond your five customary minutes; why this need, good lady, to withdraw so abruptly, leaving me alone here again with mostly dead men at someone’s sick idea of a party? 43 The Gladiator His mirrored sunglasses a kind of silence, his silence its own impermeable pride.