that Cati Porter's review of my recently-released poetry collection, Fear of Moving Water, is featured as Red Room's "Best Review" this week -- the review was originally featured on Smartish Pace(a great litmag). I'm posting another poem from the collection (no audio -- can't find my mic)...Btw - thanks to my publisher, the book is on special at Amazon this week. Thanks again to Cati, Smartish Pace, Red Room and Wind Publications!
This poem was one of fifty selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey to appear in Best New Poets 2007.
The steps of Montmartre
- after Brassai’s 1936 photograph
On the steps of Sacre Coeur
Cathedral, in that same winter
when junge leute filled Bavarian
beer-gardens, ten years before
Adorno proclaimed that there
could be no art after Auschwitz,
Brassai captured his flawless
image. Through the tunnel
formed by the parting trees,
battalions of lamp-posts advance
and retreat in the morning mizzle,
clamp chain-link handrails hard
into sunwashed cobbles. In less
than a year, the corpseless heads
on Nanking’s walls will coalesce
with Guernica’s ruined heart, mal
du siècle will become Weltschmerz,
and the irresistible symmetry
of a million clacking bootheels
will deafen half a continent.
The red brush never dries -
adagio leads finally to fugue,
haiku to satori, and the image
fixed in silver to remembering.
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