Paperback: 90 pages
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2003)
Poetic Review by: Rodger Lowenthal
I have 2 South Florida library cards
one from a community college
the other from a library surrounded
by over 55 communities
But in typical fashion
there are miles of fiction shelves
blocks of history and current events
yards of biographies
and a few feet of poetry
Dickinson, Whitman, maybe some Eliot
the Best American Poetry of some years
no Rich, Levine, Dunn, Hirsch or Hirshfield
and then squeezed between 2 over-sized
anthologies a small volume
by Harrison and Kooser, Braided Creek
friends talking over distances, trading brief
aphoristic verses: lighthearted—All those years/I
had in my pocket/I spent them/nickel –and – dime.
Fatalistic: The wit of the corpse/is lost on the lid of the coffin.
Keenly observant: The pilot razor- point pen is my/
Compass,watch, and soul chaser./Thousands of
Miles of black squiggles.
Poems with abundant mordant humor
the poets laughing at themselves
at age, illness, and unbleak mortality.
Stars from horizon to horizon./
A whole half universe/ just to light the path.
Many haiku-like:In deer season/walking
in the woods/I sing like Pavorotti.
Or The butterfly’s brain/ the size of a grain
of salt/ guides her to Mexico
A page or two at bedtime guarantees
Sleep with a smile on your face.
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Rodger Lowenthal is a poet from Eastern Montgomery County Pennsylvania who is known to frequent Ryerss Museum and Library 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.