Fragile Acts Review ✓ 100

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Fragile Acts Review ✓ 100 º The world is terrifying and exhilarating Believing firmly in the romantic notion that “embellishment is love” Allan Peterson in Fragile Acts combines the intellectual force of TS Eliot and Wallace Stevens the ethereal wonder of Robert Hass and the tight lyric beauty of Elizabeth Bishop and Donald Hall These steely wide The world is terrifying and exhilarating Believing firmly in the romantic notion that “embellishment is love” Allan Peterson in Fragile Acts combines the intellectual force of TS Eliot and Wallace Stevens the ethereal wonder of Robert Hass and the tight lyric beauty of Elizabeth Bishop and Donald Hall These steely wide ranging poems are at once personal and philosophical incisive and meditative funny serious compassionate and searchingJuxtaposing the fas. Allan Peterson's Fragile Acts is a slim volume only 84 pages but it took me three weeks to work my way through it The poems are so marvelously dense that I found they had to sit with me for a while before I could move on to the next one For the most part they seem similarly structured He starts with a theme which gets abandoned before it is fully developed and he then turns to a theme which becomes the heart of the poem It seems as if the initial image of the poem triggers the main theme but Peterson leaves the the initial image intact as a testament to the process Most of the poems seem to focus on how humans continually try to see the mysterious in what is inherently non mysterious Death is just death Religion is just diversion Nature is just natural laws The mysterious is often our insistence on organizing disparate events into a revelation that's just not there These poems constantly challenge the comfortable and that is what makes this book so wonderful

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Eterson writes with wondering beauty “As a child I knew I was sleeping when I began falling though still furled in my sheets and I would look over other people’s shoulders to see what they were reading the headlines the footnotes Extra Extra a boy has left his room through a map on the wall”And again later with a sly smile “When she twirled and slapped a mosuito and missed a red sun stayed on her leg throughout most of the chapter on Self Reliance”. It is hard in our 24 7 365 lives to find the head space for poetry It's not something that you can truly appreciate while cars pound by outside some kid is screaming nearby the radio or tv blares in the background and your pocket keeps buzzing because you still haven't turned off the alerts for the AP news appSince I subscribed to the McSweeney's Poetry series I've tried to find this head space I really loved a lot of what I read and absorbed in Fragile Acts but think I would have to come through a second third or fourth time to really pick up all of what Allan Peterson is trying to share Peterson blurs the lines between nature science and the simple act of being humanSome of my favorites Eight Presidents Nothing really shines but this I have loved you eight presidents Forty years Five point seven in dog Local News The local news is motionless and dries around the event leaving a hardly perceptible ring Sometimes a marker will be placed near an incident so readers must go to it instead of leaving to wander the country mouth to mouth HeadlinesHeadlines reaffirm we learn geography by wars Untitled We said there were nine planets We took one back for not being big enough We rethought the decision

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Fragile ActsT pace of contemporary society with the uiet localism and naturalism of the great American transcendentalists Peterson's sinewy muscular collection reveals a profoundly intelligent curious mind leaping from object to thought to emotion And yet poem after poem Peterson somehow binds seemingly unrelated elements into one stunning whole You’ll nod your head in reflection one moment and laugh out loud the next These moving poems are a profound delight to readP. Calling this garbage seems churlish as someone clearly valued it enough to give due care and attention to the publishing of the hardback copy but I could find almost nothing redeeming in this It's not clever or funny or insightful or moving I could barely find a single line of even slight interest