By Nathaniel Tarn
A new assortment via America’s internationalist poet—“a imaginative and prescient either unique and common” (Octavio Paz)
Gondwana: an old supercontinent long-dispersed into fragments within the Southern Hemisphere. considering this once-massive landmass on the the tip of the area whereas looking on the airy blue ice of Antarctica, Nathaniel Tarn writes: “They acknowledged again then / there has been a frozen continent / in these excessive latitudes encircling the globe: /are you relocating towards it?” some of the elements of Gondwana cohere right into a unified complete that celebrates poultry flight, waves, and innervating gentle whereas caution opposed to environmental calamity. a few poems have fun the hot Mexican desolate tract because it turns into a spot of protest opposed to the invasion of Afghanistan; in one other, the emerging and falling stairs at Fez in Morocco meld right into a meditation on marriage, empire, and the origins of mountain climbing. in other places the heroic fighter pilot Lydia Litvyak is personified as Eurydice chatting with her Captain as Orpheus; and within the ultimate lengthy part, “Exitus Generis Humani,” strains pour over the reader in sluggish, mournful, but usually funny, tune, revealing “the poets’ hearts are a world’s middle” because the human race ends and entire armies sink into the earth “yearning for mom love.” Celebrated as a poet the place “inquiry and moral motion are central” (Joseph Donahue, Jacket2), Nathaniel Tarn has lifted up a mind-heart replicate of our modern lifestyles in Gondwana and warns united states of america definitive finishing if we don't call for radical swap.
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