Loose Weather by Robert Herschbach

loose weatherPaperback: 90 pages
Publisher: Washington Writers’ Publishing House (October 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0931846706
ISBN-13: 978-0931846700
Review by: g emil reutter
Loose Weather is a collection of lyrically intense poems.  Lisa, Dancing captures the essence of a dancer, “Imperial frigates ablaze, death face/ of a sunken king–to watch you/ was to believe auburn ringlets/ could rule a world, spinning like beaded whips.”  And then there is a sudden twist, “ and no doubt dancing sailors/chose crass words to forget you with/failing every time.  Do you ever think of them now, in your new guise/ as good citizen.” 
Herschbach is a keen observer who provides fresh descriptions such as this from An Epic– “Cortez, his face like jagged rock/ His shoe, two slabs of blackened/ Meat, breaded with dust. The equation/ He carries in his head.”
The first poem from the collection:
Someday I’m going to wake up
and not be able to see
out of my eyes, which are stone
or move my hands, which are fish.
The barbed wire caught in my lip.
The skin washing ashore like sheets
Of plastic. And the tin can
in my head empty
One of these days the Jew’s harp
in my throat will snap, just as I thought
I finally had it – the answer
to the Sphinx, and the other riddle
where legs are strings, and we fiddle
In this collection Herschbach brings us from seedy ports to a school play, historical at times, myth at times these poems read well and are full of characters who he keenly defines in a manner to make them memorable
g emil reutter–        g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA).

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