By Dave Smith
Dave Smith's 16th poetry assortment chronicles the arc of just about sixty years dwelling within the American South. From dusty sawmills to the ever-present Waffle condo, Hawks on Wires levels either mortal and comedian dramas that talk to the poet's autumnal recognition of himself and the South.Poems of starting to be up engaged with the folks of the coast and woodlands--boatmen, hunters, crabbers, sawyers, and tough-mouthed waitresses--celebrate the as soon as robust yet now tenuous threads of community.Traveling in the course of the latter 20th century, Smith provides concerns of kinfolk, intercourse, and race in the course of a turbulent and old period in southern background. Assassinations, withdrawal of spiritual prohibitions, violent cultural convulsions, or even the lowered that means of the note ''southern'' shake the poet's own identity.Smith makes use of the language of a standard guy looking which means because the reminiscence of occasions, carried over an entire life, now begs for rationalization. regardless of the inevitable displacements and disappointments of id, which stay mysterious, Smith unearths optimism in lifestyles.
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52 Failure of Fishing To close the door on long days, to enter the welcome broken club chair, magazines askew, plate she has left waiting: I see my son and a white dog, summer field like a lantern glow, only it’s my son’s son, or maybe his son’s son, face hardly exposed yet that will hang onto a man like a pond’s smell. Maybe that’s all we get to keep, the half-seen, or not even that, walloping frog, a leaper, literal’s shadow, hum and bite at neck, place where I looped my little light-test line, talking for swirls of bass, saying oh hell, be a big crappie, at least.
Or I’m scared, caught, guessing. Face an instant’s all he is, less, and I’m over the crest, wind eddies so strong bridge, car, bodies fuse, easy to believe a plummet’s coming, now’s exposed crack ticking, us just blood something’s jiggled. Could I have stopped him, son of a bitch at the edge? You’re too late, seagulls shriek. Black chops below, horns honk as if God wants me to move on, so I do, queasy and tracked in mid-air. Drive, the grid snicks at each of our tires, rust welds 33 and rivets cradling us over the deep we wheel past, trembling.
A man’s place. 3. He feels the stitches strain, his skin heaving up, out. She’s watching from the kitchen window, but what could she do if he toppled as if shot? 45 What could she do if he would lie there smelling onions just cut by the drive? Help’s all so far away from these acres he mows, pushing, breath the sump’s gargle into the brook. Tomorrow they’ll fly, clinic, Houston, no stacked books, framed children, cry of ravens the color her hair used to be, new words like instruments chilled, calibrated.
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