Near Relations: Poems

John Reibetanz

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Near Relations: Poems

Near Relations: Poems By John Reibetanz Near Relations Poems In John Reibetanz s tightly crafted new collection of poems poetry and narrative are united with astonishing power and beauty The collection first probes pivotal moments in the lives of his family l

  • Title: Near Relations: Poems
  • Author: John Reibetanz
  • ISBN: 9780771073557
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • Near Relations: Poems By John Reibetanz In John Reibetanz s tightly crafted new collection of poems, poetry and narrative are united with astonishing power and beauty The collection first probes pivotal moments in the lives of his family, leading to a haunting prose memoir of the journey to his dying mother that recalls a nomadic childhood in flight from his mother s withdrawal into illness, his adult secessiIn John Reibetanz s tightly crafted new collection of poems, poetry and narrative are united with astonishing power and beauty The collection first probes pivotal moments in the lives of his family, leading to a haunting prose memoir of the journey to his dying mother that recalls a nomadic childhood in flight from his mother s withdrawal into illness, his adult secession from an America bent on war, then emigration to a accommodating country Following the same creative urge celebrated in his father in law s cooking and the blues of Louis Armstrong, the poems then move into a world of intersecting fictional relations, unfolding an extraordinary range of characters Their dilemmas are not solved but contained in luminous poems, at once spare and ample, whose clarity is born of precision In these poem stories of love, loss, and recovery, darkness often serves to intensify the light Near Relations is the work of a poet compassionately engaged with the world, and one of our most accomplished lyric voices.
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    1. Steve on said:

      John Reibetanz b 1944 , an American who emigrated to Canada during the turmoil of the Vietnam War era, is a poet who, on the evidence of this one book, tells stories of small lives, lives which are somewhat eccentric or damaged, including his own But Reibetanz expresses his solidarity with these lives by penetrating the crusted surface to show the reader the internal logic, the necessity, of the form the life has taken Some could find that these stories cross the line into sentimentality, but, t [...]

    2. Bruce on said:

      In this volume of poems by the ever perceptive and sensitive Canadian poet, John Reibetanz, the works fall into three sections A prefatory poem, Spinners, uses an old photo of a young girl working in a textile mill partly as a muse for the collection, partly as a challenge First there are poems reflecting on experiences from Reibetanz s childhood, a childhood never easy Part II is a longer prose section in which the poet reflects on his emigration from the US, and how his problematic relationshi [...]

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