Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Wrigley

By Robert Wrigley

A robust new assortment from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has develop into considered one of his generation's so much finished poets, well known for his irony, energy, and lucid kind and for his skill to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century exam of human strategies and emotions—Wrigley's new assortment capacity to check our global throughout the lens of melancholia. From imagined battle memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' misplaced daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to hurry Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a guy named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), those are poems that elegize and have a good time that almost all appealing, exasperating, joyous, depressing, and completely imperfect of all creatures—the human being.

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January that year began and ended as a wave of gray intensity that converted the world to ice and froze water where it hid behind the wall. In the realm of hard, cold and done for, Page 58 it's best to rely on nothing but touch and temperaturein a system where zero stands for the treason of warmth.  It does even here miles away from the land's monopoly of red barns and bent grasses. My own ancestors lumbered across in ox carts, passing down a strange tendency to buy mislabeled maps. Of course, what each new generation has to learn for itself is the art of light packing, weight of a detail, the patient watch for the Sun's eclipse.

We are all we have. Page 70 NOTES In Order Not to Be Eten Nor All to Torne The title is from a usage example under the word ''wolf" in the Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Edition. The Clairvoyant "Quartz-fret and sparks of salt" is taken from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins: "With blackness bound, and all / The thick stars round him roll / Flashing like flecks or coal, / Quartz-fret, or sparks of salt, / In grimy vasty vault" ("The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe"). Metaphor as Symptom of Reason's Despair References to fossils found in Cambrian shale come from a newspaper article, "Oldest Multicell Organisms Are Reported in Fossil Find," New York Times, 4 April 1995.

As when you dream the faint chewing of locusts and hear the rock that signals the landslide. You know what will happen. You'll abandon the crops, repair the mountain again.  Granite hugging granite its passion spent, landscape of fretted rock bristling with lichen grown ripe on pure air and indolence.  The branches hold tight imperfect berriesdroplets poised over dark earth, brighter blood, belated warning: It is over. Page 11 Apology for Want I've worried far too much about the eye of the other: the shopkeeper and his lackey clerks who think I steal.

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