Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Boy Whose Hands Were Birds

Author: Roy Seeger

First line: Their broken teeth & ribs shall,/too, fall to the dust/of abandoned buildings/& take root--each leaf unfurled

Why you should read this book: The birds that speckle this book of poetry are not to be categorized as small symbols, but ubiquitous reminders of the transitory nature of reality: these birds are creation, destruction, and transformation. In the small moments that pass between lovers and the long moments the insomniac travels alone, Seeger delineates hidden paths through the dust of worlds, moving from one place to the next, refusing to become mired in past, present, or future. In these poems, there is always hope: an uplifting work grounded in the real earth.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're looking for something snappy, with unicorns and heroic couplets.

(Note: Amazon is linking to, but not actually selling at this time, The Boy Whose Hands Were Birds. You may want to search Main Street Rag and order directly from the publisher.)

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