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Machine Language

by Melissa Monroe, 1997, Alef Books, New York: one of the best new books of poems I've read in a long time. The poems use points of departure like Searle's Chinese Room, robots and other machines that mimic us or are fusing with or confusing us—but best of all is the language.

Compound Ores: Polybasite
with Sulphur and Antimony.
Black streak, metallic luster, irony
to cherry in thin slivers, tabular prisms.

Proustite—"Light Ruby"
with Arsenic, Streak: rich
cochineal to scarlet. Prized for rare
massive transparent crystals.

(From "Silver Mines and Mining," copyright
(c) 1997 by Melissa Monroe. All rights reserved.

Posted 6.26.98


The Yale Younger Poets Anthology

The anthology is notable for returning Joan Murray
to print. Murray had already been dead for five
years when her book was chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale series. She died of heart problems in 1942,
at the age of twenty-four. Here's one of her poems:

Men and Women Have Meaning
Only as Man and Woman

Men and women have meaning only as man and woman.
The moon is itself and it is lost among stars.
The days are individual, and in the passage
The nights are each sleep, but the dreams vary.
A repeated action is upon its own feet.
We who have spoken there speak here.
A world turns and walks away.
The timing of independent objects
Permits them to live and move and admit their space
And entity and various attitudes of life.
All things are cool in themselves and complete.

(From The Yale Younger Poets Anthology,
copyright (c) 1998 by Yale University Press.
All rights reserved.

Posted 6.22.98

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