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Peter Gizzi, Wes­leyan Uni­ver­sity Press, Hard­cover $24.95 (98pp) 978-0-8195-7680-4

The arche­ol­ogy of lost, for­got­ten, hid­den sound, archeo­phon­ics seemed a use­ful ap­proach for mov­ing be­yond po­etry’s aes­thetic qual­i­ties, so Peter Gizzi trained his verse­maker on re­peated words, phrases, and themes, re­sult­ing in this mes­mer­iz­ing col­lec­tion. With six col­lec­tions in thirty years, Gizzi’s tro­phy case is over­loaded with awards and fel­low­ships and pres­ti­gious res­i­den­cies. He now works at the Uni­ver­sity of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Pretty Sweety

Here here are small an­i­mals for­ag­ing and con­tent

Per­haps this is what’s called per­haps love is a small an­i­mal for­ag­ing

con­tent en­tirely with its mouth there with the ant and the sun and fur

This is a strange view sun­light and furlight and a mouth

busy with na­ture a mouth busy with its bloom

a mouth bloom­ing love­li­ness

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