Selected Poems June 1988

Charles Doria

Selected Poems June 1988 opens an angle of vision just wide enough to prevent "words from betraying fact." The book is allusive, yet its allusiveness squares with its persistent hermetic quality, reinforcing it, keeping the angle open: "let's write upside down / nothing left unsaid for" Ritual and figure ally these poems to dance, constellate their silences as situations in space: "suppose I said / I wasn't there?" Their intimate, mindful details turn /site/sites in physical space into intricate code, into a sequence without head or tail: "tempted to take it all off and see what's / underneath / fawn / cat / rest a blank / filled in at leisure / eye / an inch off earth"


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