Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Great Regulars: But these poems reveal not just art's creation

of new truths, but also science's unpoetic skepticism about lies carefully constructed to resemble truths (as with the wildlife program in "Meeting the Lemming", which is ruthlessly dismembered in a few stanzas of savage description). [Ruth] Padel's tensile lines, leaps of thought, and mastery of her craft make these poems, taken from her recent book The Mara Crossing, not just readable but endlessly re-readable--and always somehow new even when well-known.

Meeting the Lemming

from The Caravan: Poetry: Three Poems: Meeting The Lemming, Garlands, The Removal Men


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