Void and Compensation

Void and Compensation Poetry In this debut from a grownup poet heartfelt scenes are filmed by a jittery cameraman making for a moving read that will appeal to those who don t take their poetry quite straight who want to

  • Title: Void and Compensation
  • Author: Michael Morse
  • ISBN: 9780984947171
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poetry In this debut from a grownup poet, heartfelt scenes are filmed by a jittery cameraman, making for a moving read that will appeal to those who don t take their poetry quite straight, who want to be led, like wayward bees to open windows Craig Morgan Teicher for National Public Radio There is a keen and seamless craftsmanship in Michael Morse s poems, which arePoetry In this debut from a grownup poet, heartfelt scenes are filmed by a jittery cameraman, making for a moving read that will appeal to those who don t take their poetry quite straight, who want to be led, like wayward bees to open windows Craig Morgan Teicher for National Public Radio There is a keen and seamless craftsmanship in Michael Morse s poems, which are beautifully understated and distinctly well made They are quiet, but they have dark undertows, and I find some of them heartbreaking There is real quality and depth in the poetry of this gifted and caring poet Edward Hirsch Morse s astonishing centerpiece poem Poem as Aporia Between Lighthouses establishes him as a worthy successor to, among others, Wallace Stevens throughout this book Morse offers what Stevens called the poem of the mind in the act of finding what will suffice as in the Colorless bay waves that adopt blue light and its orphaned molecules Maureen McLane When you come face to face with genius, you feel it with that pleasurable shock of recognition in something perfectly achieved and wildly imagined Verbal genius, the genius of impersonal feeling, the genius of feeling that can t help but be personal, the genius of a music that combines all the best of Berryman and Hopkins, Stevens and Williams, these are the qualities that make VOID AND COMPENSATION one of the most original and pleasurable books that I ve read in many years Tom Sleigh Reading Michael Morse s VOID AND COMPENSATION is like being on intravenous bliss and longing, in the presence of pure song The tenderness of a man s trials trial as in inquiry, experiment, ordeal, worry rigmaroles with sheer musical bravura in these poems that turn metaphor and word play into a new weather of fevered unthinking Ambivalence is the keynote here, passionate ambivalence conveyed through an equally passionate syntax I love the indecision that allows the deepest human truths doubt, desire, hope, regret to draw a promiscuity of maps The speaker in these poems is equal parts lost and found, beautifully so Catherine Barnett

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    1. A book of absences and the efforts we make to give those losses shape and form that at times may approach beauty. A book of uncommon prayers I will return to again and again in the coming years.

    2. I am recovering from the flu so the membrane is thin and I have been fully immersed in this book for the entirety of it-to the point where I wanted to loan it to a dear friend, but told her I was not quite ready yet to let it go-that I needed to continue to touch its pages and feel for it in all of my purse detritus as I ride the train. The losses contained in these pages are many and cataloged with a love, piercing and precise. I want to swim in that place for as long as it lets me-the space he [...]

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