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By Matthew Schwartz

From The Sky contained in the Shaking Tree

What you feel
reveals you.
 
Watch
for the sustenance
inclined to a source,
 
enamored of singularity,
quickly right here and quickly
 
gone, shadow from which
the body's braveness comes.
 
Fireflies
apparently stumbling.
 
I slapped one on my leg.
Its blood glowed.
 
Blessings for the palms follows numerous speakers—often disabled audio system, who by no means as soon as determine themselves as items of criticism or self-pity—through the haunted dreamscape of “normalcy.” certainly, goals are non-stop presences during this strangely sophisticated and stylish debut assortment that juxtaposes actual conditions with the large inside lifetime of the mind's eye. the topics of Blessings for the arms are actual and imagined confrontations—and reconciliations—between kinfolk, acquaintances, strangers, and animals. Matthew Schwartz’s quasi-autobiographical verse complicates and clarifies the sentiments ready simply beneath the styles and expectancies of the audio system’ sunlight lives, the place anger, pleasure, corporeality, and mortality all appear to collide. For Schwartz, poetry is a sleight of hand that retains the reader guessing via approximately imperceptible shifts among current imaginative and prescient and absent fact. Blessings for the Hands is a lyric reckoning of the strain among the lifestyles we're given and the existence we're made up our minds to lead.
 
Blessings for the Hands is emotionally robust and imaginatively wild, exact, deeply relocating, with no an ort of self-pity, and pervaded via ‘compassion all the way down to your fingertips’ (which Chekhov stated is ‘the merely technique’ either to jot down and to live). This perspective of imaginative and prescient is sharp adequate to unify a lot disparate material. The poems are transparent and musical and accordingly a excitement to learn and reread regardless of their gravity. I imagine this can be lasting work.”—Michael Ryan
 
 

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