By Sean Hill
From the poet whose lovely debut was once praised as "transcendent" by way of Kevin younger and "steadily convinced" through Carl Phillips, Dangerous Goods tracks its speaker all through North the USA and in a foreign country, illuminating the ways that domestic and position could inhabit each other with ease or uncomfortably — or either at the same time. From the Bahamas, London, and Cairo, to Bemidji, Minnesota, and Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill interweaves the modern with the ancient, and explores with urgency the connection among commute, migration, alienation, and residential. the following, playful "postcard" poems addressed to Nostalgia and My 3rd weigh down at the present time sit down along strong reflections at the immigration of African americans to Liberia in the course of and after the period of slavery. Such diversity and formal innovation make Hill's moment assortment either infrequent and exhilarating. half shadowbox, half migration map, half travelogue-in-verse, Dangerous Goods is poignant, dependent, and deeply moving.
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I needed to name him Fido. This spot’s the whorl of your thumb—like the path the puppy strains round the apartment whilst you’re away head down, nostril to the ﬂoor, earlier than making tight circles to his tail, unswerving to his nature, ﬁnally bedding down. Sleep good anywhere you're. eighty five SOMNILOQUENT to prevent the dreary homes and muddle left at the sidewalks, jetsam because the final wave of snow, that current rolled again into the previous, whatever like a wave on the seashore, I stroll the outdated Indian path alongside Lake Bemidji. The crunch of snow less than my boot mixes with my mumbling as I comb the detritus of my options. on the trail’s area, pink snow’s haloed through brindled tufts of fur. It jogs my memory of you, whatever within the absence like a reminiscence, mute because the swallows’ nests secure less than the cabin’s eaves silent this season. And now I pay attention the frozen lake’s sleeptalking hum because it rolls less than its sheet. It jogs my memory of ways you stated falling stars within the hollows of a swallow’s bones sound within the music we are living whilst we’re asleep. Brightly coloured ﬁsh homes dot the lake ice. Who will tuck me in, sing me a lullaby this night? 86 BEMIDJI BLUES for Arnold Rampersad Shadows bluing the snow, the pines’ and mine, undergo the forged of a kestrel’s blue-gray crown I be aware as I ﬁnd my method approximately this city. Blues the following much more likely the Nordic-eyes variety than the blue-black of a few Black people again domestic. the following such a lot of lakes reﬂect the sky’s blue dome; a few summer season days skimmed-milk blue tints windblown whitecaps. Blue’s an adjective, verb, and noun, and the colour of the area whilst I pine simply because she’s long gone leaving an excessive amount of wine and time. Blue shadows at the snow, mine and the pines’. For the tall guy, his blue ox, and now me, house is Bemidji, although the blues right here round extra the forged of a kestrel’s blue-gray crown than the blue-black of my cousins again domestic. 87 AGAINST THE SNOW One doesn't inhabit a rustic; one inhabits a language. that's our kingdom, our fatherland—and no different. —E. M. CIORAN ANATHEMAS AND ADMIRATIONS, “ON THE VERGE OF life” TRANS. RICHARD HOWARD SAM KEE, I think you a daffodil opposed to the snow a century in the past the following in Bemidji one of the Norwegians, Finns, Swedes, and Germans. I in basic terms be aware of you as you’ve long past down in history—a laundryman and an opium broker, yet I don’t imagine i've got a great experience of you. Did you come back to the Gold Mountain or have been you born the following— relocating east from the Orient or a few port—San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle? you recognize in Vancouver there’s a Sam Kee construction, the world’s narrowest ofﬁce development based on Guinness, equipped 90 years in the past. Now Jack Chow sells assurance out of that slim position, yet I don’t imagine you’re named for every other—Sam Kee like Joe Smith or John Doe— established like Hop Sing on Bonanza taking good care of the Ponderosa. you recognize Victor Sen Yung additionally performed Charlie Chan’s #2 son in 11 of these video clips. It’s all a bit weighty somehow—the method those identities collect. Sam Kee ninety one the construction is eco-friendly (a colour of jade like lake ice in spring) with moment tale crimson (cinnabar, crimson lacquer, pink envelopes of cash, crimson clothes at weddings, crimson in the home for good fortune and lengthy existence, just like the crimson of the sundown in past due summer season and lumberjacks’ suspenders) bay home windows overhanging the sidewalk— I suggest purple like these suspenders that don’t bleed or fade in the event you launder them along with your old chinese language secrets and techniques.
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