By Geoffrey G. O'Brien
ISBN-13: 9780520936140Passionate about paintings and dream, shot via with climate and colour, Geoffrey G. O'Brien's lively debut pursues the opportunity of the lyric itself - even if the voice raised "with melodies/and thinking" may be rescued from the continued catastrophe of development. In roving five-beat traces the poems go time and again via scenes of liminality - sundown and sunrise, falling asleep and waking up, border crossings - looking there for a possible ethics and politics of imaginative and prescient, a mutating, rhythmic "project" to oppose the inert spectacle of weapons and flags. Like Ashbery stoked on sonics, O'Brien insists that the stressed, unhappy movement of inspiration needs to carry where for an ever-decaying freedom in the country. but it isn't proposal on my own that flares "passionately in our lives," however the odor of rain, the habit of clouds, repetitions of waves: those are the themes of a meditative ecstasy that advances The weapons and Flags undertaking as an heir of the Stevensian culture, charged with a feeling that history''s endless hurricane of recovery and smash can't be outmaneuvered yet will be withstood, or even revised, by means of tune.