Mimi's Trapeze (Pitt Poetry Series) by J. Allyn Rosser

By J. Allyn Rosser

Rosser’s poems have continually given a squinty sideways look at cultural foibles and assumptions. Her distinct model of cheery skepticism signifies that the real pursuit of fact is a advantage that renders tolerable the insupportable. those poems in achieving a lyricism that provides unfastened reign to the plush energies of language whereas last obvious adequate to speak anything unique, clean, and unsettling.

 

A driver in the back of the poems in Mimi’s Trapeze is Rosser’s profound interest approximately all kinds and stipulations of existence. with no distorting truth or purpose, her audio system search to navigate the mazes of our messy quotidian infelicities, starting from imperfect like to squashing turtles at the road—from the historical past of creative misrepresentations of ladies to international warming—attempting to calibrate the superbly complicated stability among hope and responsibility.

 

This assortment dwells extra on mortality and the lamentable kingdom of the planet (and the religious unsoundness of its denizens) than her past paintings. one other new vein should be traced in different poems that search to distill a nation like youth right into a unmarried observe (“Dyahe”), lessen gigantic hobbies and disciplines into epigrammatic nutshells (Miniature Histories of the World”), or isolate a situation like grief in a component so simple as salt (“After the carrier, the Widow Considers the Etymology of Salary”).

 

In Mimi’s Trapeze, her fourth ebook, Rosser takes a lighthearted view of darkish matters (see “Final Invitation”), and a gloomy view of sunshine ones (“Intro to Happiness”). She has subtle her imaginative and prescient, reaffirming her trust that poetry is the main direct and potent approach for people to relieve their loneliness.

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