Words For Empty And Words For Full by Bob Hicok

A poetic review by Rodger Lowenthal


empty of course the curse

of loss   refill to full

quite never   rampant wordplay

a plea in the fields

of the Lord   dialogues and monologues

come unmuddle the puzzles

puddle   accept   question

nothing wasted   bones fat

with meat savory immaculate confection

every poem a tease of delicious precision

twisted diction

war positives?  And negatives?  words for empty

a forever search to understand

small answers  words for full

dense clarity  WHY VA Tech?  Why?  Why?

“any killing’s the beginning of all killing”

more empty   less full

ironic questions  poetry and pie charts

“fighting the impulse/to see the end

in everything” vs. simple momentary pleasure

words for full:  disquieting comfort

words for empty:  exemplary bleak challenges

a book of many delights


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* Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent 3 Sisters Corner Café in Fox Chase. His poetic reviews of books have appeared on line in various literary blogs. He is known to pick up pieces of cigars and Hollywood whenever he can.

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