Series: (Essential Poets Series, 136) | Author: Dan Jalowica | ISBN: 1550712284 : 9781550712285 | Format: Paperback | Size: 125 x 200mm | Pages: 70 | Weight: .41 Kg. | Published: Guernica Editions – March 2006 | Availability: In Print | Subjects: Works by individual poets: from c1900-
contains a sequence of narrative lyrics guaranteed to turn readers upside over with its relentless restraint and exquisite comprehension of the world in which we live, work, and die. It’s meticulous, accomplished, and endlessly revealing. From East Coker to Northern Ontario, the fine line between poetry and deceit lurks, inevitably, in the corners of each of our lives. Dan Jalowica illuminates precisely these in language honed, spare, pure, gorgeous.
Newer Lies is Dan Jalowica’s third book of poetry, and it demonstrates Jalowica’s love of the epigram and the aphorism. He cuts his sentences and sententiae to the bone, playing with fragments throughout: ‘Summer. No music. / No touch-tone friendship. / No storm.’ What verbs he does use tend to be strong active ones. He only falls into the softer copula in some of the apparently more personal poems, where the lyric ‘I’ (or ‘we’) speaks. What exactly are the ‘newer lies’ Jalowica parses and passes on in this series of small poems? They are most often the lies of progress, good government, technological assumptions, but often tied to the lies of the self that accepts or resists. This can lead to a hortatory tone, addressing a ‘you’ who might be someone within the poem or the reader. The tone tends to a certain sameness, but individual poems have a definite power:
I need your love. I need
to throw down roads
across these painkilling continents
with their soft illogical music,
their frightened animals,
their moody heartbeat not yet
my own. Not yet possessed.
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