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The Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling MetaphysicsThe Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics by Clifford Brooks III

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book is really two books (The Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics) published as one and finished with a long poem “The Gateman’s Hymn of Ignoracium.” The poetry is haunted. It’s haunted by the ghosts of lost loves, the South, and a deep love of music. Reading it will break your heart in the best possible way. You’ll hear Robert Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, jazz, gospel, Southern blues. These poems remind you that poetry, at its core, is music, and the poems work to place you in specific times, places, and moments. You feel the warmth of a cafe on a summer’s night, the easy drunkenness of a dive bar on the outskirts of a small town, the mugginess of a deserted swamp. You remember what it’s like to be deeply in love and to be completely devastated by loss, and you’ll remember the song you heard when it happened. Read his poems to be reminded what it’s like to be genuinely alive.



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