Metropole (New California Poetry, Volume 33)

By Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Geoffrey G. O’Brien’s 3rd assortment opens with a suite of lyric experiments whose track and mutable syntax discover the social kin hid in fabric issues. O’Brien’s poems degree the “vague cadence” of lifestyle, checking out either the price and bounds of artwork in a time of vanishing publics and everlasting warfare. The lengthy name poem, written in a strict iambic prose, charts the disappearance of the poetic into the prosaic, of meter into the mundane, whereas reactivating the very percentages it mourns: O’Brien’s prosody invests the prose of items with the intensities of verse. within the charged area of this hybrid shape, gadgets develop into matters and experience pivots mid-sentence into tune: “The sunlight revolves round the earth revolves round the sun.”

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