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By Nate Klug

ISBN-10: 022619700X

ISBN-13: 9780226197005

Milton’s God
Where I-95 meets The Pike,
a ponderous thunderhead flowered—

stewed a minute, then flipped
like a flash card, tattered
edges crinkling in, linings so dark
with over the top bright

that, status, ready, on the overpass edge,
the onlooker couldn’t decide

until the tip, or perhaps then,
what was once published and what have been hidden.

Using numerous varieties and reaching a variety of musical results, Nate Klug’s an individual strains the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenes—natural and household, political and religious—across America’s East and Midwest. The book’s name foregrounds the anonymity it seeks via a number of ability: first, via shut commentary (a concrete observed, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, moment, through translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely between modern poetry volumes, a person demonstrates fluency within the paradoxes of a non secular life: “To stand someday / outdoors my religion . . . or maintain ready / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics yet by no means abstruse, all of the whereas the poems stay grounded within the out of the ordinary, actual global of “what it truly is to suppose: / moods, part moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”

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43 The Gladiator His mirrored sunglasses a kind of silence, his silence its own impermeable pride. Croquet stakes stubble the yard where he works, campfire-scars of small gardens gone wrong. Between his mother’s shed and the sidewalk fence lies the circle of dead grass he stalks every afternoon, gazing up and around as if freshly hurled onto the sand of Gérôme’s Colosseum. He first selects a sawed-off golf club from their wooden stand, wrapping it behind his rippling shoulders, then, as the sitar music picks up from his boom box, charms the metal stick down one arm like a rigid snake.

The less you try to notice them, the more they will know of you. 49 Mercy Its water-torture-slow wend in me. Its work like the reverse of work. No wonder human praise won’t stick. No wonder anger’s more often summoned, its hum, ready-made, that steadies my head like hospital television, throwing blue rumor for hours at no one. 50 Observer Not seeing me, not even looking, K. on her silver cruiser charms her way through the last long moment of the changing light: snow boots and a Seychelles Warbler’s old blue tights, a rolled-up yoga mat in her basket wobbling like a wild tiller as she pedals.

The shrinking immaculate room. And one at his chest who kept pushing, pushing as if knocking, awaiting breath or the right time to quit.  Irish Blessings! on the new balloons at Jazzman’s Café. Cards for every sort of accident and holiday. 43 to 42; 68 degrees. ”  24 Schine 7 hallway traffic eyeless as a city sidewalk: nurses wrapped around their charting booths, tuxedoed marching food service, timid priest. ”  Dying shyly, a nurses’ favorite juggled his breath mask, shifted its pale face across his face, deliberating between competing concealments.

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