25 abr. 2008

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*David Shapiro. To an Idea. 1983. 95 pp.

Sometimes the density of this poetry takes me aback. The combination of density and clarity is startling. Often I don't know what is going on. I'm not sure this is my favorite of David's books, though it contains a few of my favorite poems. That snow falling into the eraser fluid is wonderful image, like Lorca's butterfly drowned in an inkwell.

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My method is to read all the book that are actually in my house, in no particular order. If you call that a method. All the books that are in my Kansas office in boxes will have to wait. Plus any new acquisitions.