By Nate Klug
Where I-95 meets The Pike,
a ponderous thunderhead flowered—
stewed a minute, then flipped
like a flash card, tattered
edges crinkling in, linings so dark
with over the top bright
that, status, ready, on the overpass edge,
the onlooker couldn’t decide
until the tip, or maybe then,
what used to be printed and what have been hidden.
Using various kinds and attaining a number musical results, Nate Klug’s Anyone lines the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenes—natural and household, political and religious—across America’s East and Midwest. The book’s identify foregrounds the anonymity it seeks via numerous capacity: first, via shut statement (a concrete observed, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, moment, through translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely between modern poetry volumes, Anyone demonstrates fluency within the paradoxes of a non secular lifestyles: “To stand someday / outdoor my religion . . . or preserve ready / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics yet by no means abstruse, the entire whereas the poems stay grounded within the extraordinary, actual international of “what it's to suppose: / moods, part moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”
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