Sunday, July 20, 2014
Poem I've Just Read--Dug
I just read, at the poetry journal Octopus, the poem "Hymn to Death" by Robert Fernandez. It's fairly lengthy, and makes good use of its length. Many of the line-breaks capitalize on the energy that can ensue from adroitly working this facet of prosody; at times, in the opening, I get a William Carlos Williams sense of the line, though that's a bit misleading as Williams had more than one sense. These ones of RH recall Williams poem with the horse carrying its load and the nostrils jetting breath-fog like the twin jets of a car. I am not usually much attracted to art whose explicit subject is death--especially when death becomes more like a trope or metaphor than the actual biological dynamic--but this poem has plenty of energy present, and plenty of literal death in the form of, frequently, sumptuously sensual non-human animal details, so I'm liking it. And I am obsessed with marrow, and the poem ends entering marrow, so this makes me happy. My only quip is the part that goes into something like choral refrain; I think the permutation meets narrative meditation macro-structure works better.