Virgil and the Mountain Cat (New California Poetry, Volume 25)

By David Lau

Right away uncompromising and hugely artistic, David Lau's poems are imbued with a musicality that lightens the darkish undertones of spoliation and entropy. the various poems embrace a nexus of interplay with ancient occasions, movies, modernist poetic texts, and works of art—but from this allusion and evocation, a multifarious voice emerges. In those pages, the electrical linguistic test meets a brand new city, postnatural poetics, one during which poetry is not only a play of indicators and seemings but in addition a prismatic research of our modern order: "Hurry up sooner than our manufacturing facility leaves. / the 1st column of the liberty Tower / traduces its ensorcellment within the facade." here's a poetry either deeply lyrical and resistant, a poetry relentless in its invention and its stance opposed to the apathy of conference and intake.

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Grape masks of cord rim glass of. country bracelet case for a tire. Open nerve at moth torso. Bee broke in: information. Candle company of the US. forty three Heroes of Our the US A dumped truck of pigeons flocked to the carrefour; we couldn’t proceed on with one flat fire. At domestic, alternate winds round the harbor, wheelchairs. formerly i may see many faces hammering the submerged chair deeper. the subsequent , we stated, are the final exits for the decentralized shipment. Pining, in different phrases, for sound of fewer issues clockwise. evening. on the entrance door’s threshold we jostled in our smudge as if a final ray might come. looking at upon us, visitors dropped off via gusts didn't loosen their brutalism, bent fenders. And the remainder of the day whereas reciting scraps for the harbor one puzzled. Had the chart been switched? Water lilies pressured with the drowned? in the meantime the shop trickled into autos crossing forty four out—in the open, reserved inn. final evening I copied out an unknown personality, unknown to me. I’d written her of overdue. If she responds to the deal with, its outcropping, the place sand fills the web . . . forty five Domesticity impression Mirroraculous! clean and white, Jesuit Jacobin, a domed frieze phrased in freedom, additional moiety signum as time’s dipterous nonextension deemphasized dispatches to return— incurable, its depressing son. for his or her forgetting we now have had make poptastic psephologist plating setaceous in sage butter. That’s one? That’s no longer undesirable. It was once unfavorable this morning, a shipwreck taking one among my supervisors down, allegro misterioso. I informed her and certainly one of my associates right here at LACMA. Pigeons landed at the lamppost above bus exhaust. what's the ha ha a part of the land, à l. a. trade, didn't age. forty six July Montaigne The evacuation course thudded loosely approximately her shoulders, a brochure hooked up to Milton Friedman. Correspondingly scorns for issues holes sneakers sunlight dooms stocks tolls thunderclap shanghaied by way of the estuarial metropole, drilled plate, starlit, leaded with blossoming carports— the ocean in ships— The abs video advert enterprise was once my tackle as soon as. Me? The rebel of the eyes’ leather-based Plus, a galactic ambush demonstration. forty seven Toward Disunion’s Opal A fog path turns into louder, turns into what we heard close to the cindery splay of a land soiled and burned and deedless, a sea field (penumbra of pelicans), orange thunder proscribing etcetera to the arrival anabasis. Pounded out nest in a brook abutting the cache, its smuggled face within the mild finish of hair— cabinlessness within the fused shallows. forty eight Land Bridge The acoustics of our yell encompass teenagers in farm animals costumes. livestock. Belts mark it Pitch brain, ferry me over outfits prepared as crows to a din of leaves. within, flares mild the hire: wailers dyed their air purple ahead of the universe. however the roots got here in reduction of washers, dryers at the one wires fence. Straw in his hat of levels. “We graduated with him, this reflectedness. ” forty nine Extra energy Resistant Resistance Fugue: torn outfits guy horizontal the oxcart on the edged, mud-rocky field, they tape parking lighting within the lippy defile —to the shrapnel gardening goat baby.

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