Or to Begin Again

By Ann Lauterbach

Ann Lauterbach's 9th paintings of poetry, Or to start back, takes its identify from a sixteen-poem elegy that resists its personal finish, because it meditates at the nearness of particular attachment and loss opposed to the mute historical past of historic forces in occasions of conflict. within the middle of the publication is a twelve-part narrative, "Alice within the Wasteland,"inspired through Lewis Carroll's nice personality and T.S. Eliot's 1922 modernist poem. Alice is accosted by means of an invisible Voice as she wanders and wonders in regards to the nature of language in terms of belief. during this quantity, Lauterbach back exhibits the variety of her formal inventiveness, demonstrating the visible dynamics of the web page in tandem with the robust musical cadences and imagery of a latest grasp.

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Poems are examples of themselves. As in, i do know it while I see it? with out an target criterion, you sink into mere opinion. It has to do with how phrases vibrate via a couple of experience, a couple of second. Alice needed the Voice would go away her be. learn to me. Alice learn. Do you've got a reputation? Alice requested someday as she was once jogging towards the river. definite. what's it? i used to be christened Goggle, yet most folk name me Gog, i believe simply because I appear to be a similar coming or going. I’m probably not able to making differences and i'm with out a course. you then aren’t human. i assumed I had made that transparent. what percentage invisible people have you learnt? Many, yet such a lot of them are in books. Your identify, for instance, is in a ebook by way of Samuel Beckett. He took it from an past resource, the publication of Revelation. the following it really is direct from my favourite resource, which, incidentally, I invented: within the biblical ebook of Revelation, an influence governed through devil will present itself instantly sooner than the top of the realm. within the biblical passage and in different apocalyptic literature, Gog is joined via a moment antagonistic strength, Magog; yet within the books of Genesis and Ezekiel, Magog is outwardly where of Gog’s beginning. Are you evil? Alice requested. The query itself made her center race. Evil is as evil does. it truly is an interpretation, now not a situation. It isn’t innate. yet what precisely are you? I obtained stuck within the crosshairs of mind and know-how. It was once a problem, or crux. So i'm neither one nor the opposite. That’s the explanation I wouldn’t be aware of a poem if I fell on one. simply then, the Voice stubbed its tongue on anything. rattling! acknowledged the Voice, it’s the elements! The wind picked up, blowing a couple of final leaves around the floor. Alice questioned if, whilst she is outdated, she is going to be clever. Is knowledge whatever that comes evidently, besides grey hair and wrinkles? Is that previous girl sitting on her porch clever? clever rhymes with eyes, so might be knowledge is a fashion of seeing specially essentially, like a clairvoyant. Madame Sosostris is identified to be the wisest lady in Europe. What a foolish identify for a sensible individual, Alice thinks, no longer like Athena, which sounds clever. Athens needs to be named for her, yet a urban can't be clever. Madame Sosostris is interpreting playing cards and she or he says: i don't locate The Hanged guy. worry loss of life by means of water. This sends chills via Alice’s soul. who's the Hanged guy? Alice observed in her mind’s eye a guy, with darkish eyes and hair, and one other, in a masks, putting one of those shawl round the darkish man’s neck. Then the masked guy takes a nice thick rope and areas it round the darkish man’s neck. The rope becomes heavy coils. The darkish guy appears to be like complicated: resigned, clever, amused, hidden, merciless. The Moon was once in eclipse. A shadow handed throughout its face. The Cat was once searching at the snow seeing anything Alice couldn't see, whether the Moon got here out from in the back of the shadow. a person phoned and left a message. Alice thought of the assumption of an answering computing device. It appeared a strange suggestion. A desktop may regularly say an analogous factor, it doesn't matter what query it used to be requested.

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