Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today's book of poems, Deep Water, Ward Maxwell.
These poems are being published now, on line, but they were written over a period of years during and following the illness of Maxwell's son Arlen. This is quite a feat of sustained focus while writing about the hardest thing imaginable. Frankly some of these poems don't work because the shrill shriek of pain underlying the voice overwhelms. But most of these poems do work and because of that we get a very rare look into a world where everything is coming apart. These poems are the banshee wail of a father fighting to find hope in a hopeless situation, to keep love alive as the darkest forces of hell descend around him.
Not an easy read at all. But it is emotionally honest poetry and prayer of the highest order.

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