Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Great Regulars: What [A.E.] Stallings finds in her olives

is "craving" and "tears." She calls them "archaic nouns" as if their very thingness unearths their history and the history of human society, from war to peace, from bitterness to joy. Olives as the symbol of home and history, martinis and myth.

Consider the poem "Pop Music" as representative of a poet who sees frets of time all at once, who is able to scale the the wilds between rank rock and roll and rollicking John Keats:

from David Biespiel: Critical Mass: 30 Books: David Biespiel on A. E. Stallings' "Olives"


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