By Harvey Shapiro
The celebrated poet Harvey Shapiro gave up the ghost on January 7, 2013. The poems during this e-book, a lot of them formerly unpublished and came across simply after his dying, are an excellent gift, and the ultimate affirmation of his awesome expertise. Edited by means of Shapiro's literary executor, the poet and critic Norman Finkelstein, those final poems endure an unparalleled gravitas, and but they're as supple, jazzy, and edgy as Shapiro's past paintings. all of the subject matters for which he's identified are fantastically represented right here. There are poems of his stories in international warfare II, the erotic existence, and of day-by-day moments in Brooklyn and ny, all looking for a sophisticated knowledge and style that the poet calls "a short-term glory." As Shapiro tells us, the poem "Is an Egyptian / send of the useless, / every little thing required / for all times kept / in its hold." The publication contains an creation by means of the editor. an internet reader's spouse may be to be had.
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Get up and walk in the beautiful world. 22 – The Old War Now that I think of it I saw no damage. I saw planes going down, flames, steel piercing steel but no dead bodies piled up or strewn across fields. The bombed railroad yards in the Austrian snow. The thud of the exploding shells under the plane. The jagged hole suddenly opening beside my head. Is that what I know? It was on a bombing mission near Vienna when his oxygen mask clogged and he slipped into a deep, warm sleep that the radar operator, sitting across from him, had to pull him out of, feeding him pure oxygen from a tank.
When he’s astride the Empire State, batting at planes, it makes sense that he’s too busy to shake it at the city like a club. And when he’s got Fay Wray in the palm of his hand, you know it’s reaching gigantic proportions, but below the screen. 30 – Nightpiece She said, You hurt me. Would you get off my fucking bed. I had my arms around her and I kept them there. I knew I could do that because nothing mattered to her anymore. – 31 Drear, bleared and boiled, she comes to bed. Who am I to judge? The pain washes over us, the surf of years.
38 – Times Square Nothing fraught. High intensity like high anxiety, just another name for comedy. So let the battering begin, the discordant voices, each issuing from its own bedlam. And the sulfurous sky smiling benignly on every living thing. – 39 In the City The shit will hit the fan momentarily. 40 – Praise For The massive skyline of Manhattan — a vaudeville backdrop before which I pivot and turn. – 41 The Keys Light everywhere. Wave glint, palm glint. On rock and on sand. Light nesting in the Florida Keys as if the holy shaper like an old Jew gathered it here to watch while he sipped his soup.