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March 7th, 2019

Tumbling Toward the EndTumbling Toward the End by David Budbill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Completed shortly before his passing in 2016, this final collection finds the poet in decline, contemplating his mortality. As he does, he remarks on the things his body will no longer allow him to do and how his influences, classical Chinese poets, confronted their own ends. Brilliant and beautiful, a must-read for Budbill fans.



The Poet, The Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, A Wedding in St. Roch, The Big Box Store, The Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & AllThe Poet, The Lion, Talking Pictures, El Farolito, A Wedding in St. Roch, The Big Box Store, The Warp in the Mirror, Spring, Midnights, Fire & All by C.D. Wright

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is a wonderful amalgamation, a bit of literary theory and history, mixed with the poet's larger experiences, written and steeped in the language of poetry. She analyzes some of her personal favorite poets (Creeley, Williams, et al.) and include a powerful essay about her experience visiting Louisiana prisons and confronting the humanity there. Highly recommended.



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