Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Peter Bennet's The Glass Swarm
Hot on the heels of 2005's Goblin Lawn: New and Selected Poems, Peter Bennet's The Glass Swarm proves, according to Sean O'Brien, the poet's poet "really does know, very precisely, how to contrive the entry of the powers of place and history into his poems without depriving them of idiosyncrasy, surprise, or their darker natures."
Consider: "The protagonist of the poem 'Cuneiform,' spending the night in a haunted library, finds himself 'shrinking / to be pursued through folios of winters' by the crows shown on the wallpaper." (Even this small sampling demonstrates Bennet's unique ability to shape stunning lines above and beyond the call of beauty.)
Posted by Judith Fitzgerald at 8:00 AM