The Word We Used For It

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Max Gar­land, Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin Press, Soft­cover $14.95 (72pp) 978-0-299-31434-7

Alas, young poet, lock away the sharp uten­sils be­fore in­dulging in a few lines from this new Max Gar­land col­lec­tion. Pick a page, any page—33, for ex­am­ple—and wit­ness this as­tound­ing level of thought­ful­ness and de­liv­ery: I like the way ob­jects re­tain the history of mo­tion in their shapes, and things that aren’t still ap­pear.

A for­mer poet lau­re­ate of Wis­con­sin, Gar­land takes ev­ery bit of eleven or so years to let go of a new col­lec­tion; this lat­est one is only his third in the last twenty-two years. That says some­thing, young­ster.

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