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By T. R. Hummer

T. R. Hummer's new and ordinarily pyrotechnic assortment takes its identify from the infrequent (in English) singular type of the typical notice ''ephemera.'' In a piece of startling originality, the poet provides a meditation on ephemerality from the viewpoint of the ephemeron itself because it passes, be it the person, the atom, the particle.Hummer's paintings is existential and atemporal. The scope of the poems steadily broadens from the outlet part, also referred to as ''Ephemeron,'' via ''Either/Or,'' that's a fulcrum, directly to plural ''Ephemera.'' The imaginative and prescient that emerges is haunting, evoking the aftermath of a actual, mental, and non secular apocalypse.Relentless in its stalking of the boundary among being and nonbeing, Ephemeron turns into a tour-de-force that shines a focus into darkish corners of Being, revealing but extra darkness.

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Its existence is a truth Supported by every song and story. Nights after television, they stand at the open window Staring beyond the swing set, the innocent hedgerow, and the bone-strewn no-man’s-land, to the forest, Where parents prepare their poisonous potions and stoke the ovens’ fires, hungry but still afraid to go deeper To the sulfurous caves the grandparents dug with iron blades and tried to vanish into—grim holes, yes, but still Better than going farther, to the place where, when a tree falls, metaphysics begins to matter.

If he could be sure We live in God’s imagination, Seamlessly as neurons in a ganglion, he might stop twitching. And how much more He needs to take his medication Depends on the contrail that tortures the event horizon incising above the square its insidious either/or. We live in God’s imagination. He needs to take His medication. 27 N o t e s f o r a n E p i ta p h Thank breath, fire, and earth for the accident of birth Thank earth, fire, and breath for the certainty of death 28 {| {| II E i t h e r / Or This page intentionally left blank Either What does the phrase “on the one hand” mean to the pregnant Iraqi seamstress When the bomb goes off?

It has the incalculable half-life of a dirty bomb. 22 E v e r y t h i n g i n t h e Pa s t i s a Pa r t i c l e Having discovered the true name of the infinite, she utters it and vanishes, Whereupon she finds herself in a vaguely familiar hallway lined with numbered doors, And, opening the one marked 3, she enters a garden, a birthday party, where a small child crushed With disappointment is crying with that passion adults can scarcely imagine giving In to—and Yes, she thinks, this is holiness, and she bows and reassumes Her unassuageable selfhood, to dwell in it forever, the promise broken, the gift Refused, three candles flickering but never going out.

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