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From Ritual A slow parade of old west enthusiasts,camp song and hymn, came in along the winding way where rural declined to suburban, slowriders and wagoners passing a cow staked to graze, some penned cattle looking vacantlyup—not in vacant lots the ancient icons of wealth they had been in odes, prayers and epics,in sacrifices and customs of bride-price or dowry. (It’s good people no longer makeblood sacrifices, at gas stations and stores, for example, and in the crunching gravelparking lots of small churches—oh but we do.) In his tenth book of poems, Reginald Gibbons immerses the reader in many different places and moments of intensity, including a lake in the Canadian north, a neighborhood in Chicago, the poet Osip Mandelshtam’s midnight of social cataclysm and imagination, a horse caravan in Texas, and an archeological dig on the steppes near the Volga River.Last Lake begins with a cougar and ends with bees; it speaks in two ways—with reminiscence, meditation, and memorial, and with springing leaps of image and thought.
Number of Pages: 77
Series Title: Phoenix Poets
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Reginald Gibbons
Street Date: October 10, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-2519
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