By Don Bogen
An Algebra is an interwoven selection of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place pictures and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing innovations, feelings and insights. through turns, the poems bounce from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of kinfolk existence, from a highway mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the booklet; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.
An Algebra is a piece of fixing equivalents, a look for stability in a global of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly built, relocating publication via a poet who has accomplished a brand new point of creative expression and talent.
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5 million year old crotch. Brainstem, body-fluid balled up, They hunt the first cut. They cut-mark the hide. They dress the hip down to get at the bone. Down-clamped fists narrowing, flint V'ed black. The stolen hole bleeds. Now, the hunter's fist splits the bone the butcher slices into. The bone flashes out. The butcher's foot cavity. 5 million year old cow-hocks. The bone pile grows. Its seeds feather the streamside acacia trees. The hunter's instep flattens. New cells wall the seed into the meat.
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An Algebra (Phoenix Poets) by Don Bogen