"Everything Reminds You of Something Else" is infused with startlingly beautiful imagery from start to finish.
"She comes to the seaside, air salts slick her skin like kith and kindling."
"Clouds - narrow, white as femurs - flowing over the city."
The intimate poems stand out. This excerpt from "Cord" struck me in particular.
"When the diagnosis arrived,
we flew to a city of history and art,
visited galleries, stood before works
that made life look edgeless.
The poems where the metaphoric and symbolic transcendence of the words meet with the
grit of reality are the most satisfying and engaging.
On every page, within the rich collage of words appear ethereal references
to a collective mythology, the dreaming state of the earth:
"A mountain goat
ascends at dawn, leaping through the nimbus, lights jug of milk on his pelage, snow in his coat.
He holds to higher note (as in Sharach is Hananiah). And on his breast - a locket
I appreciated the inclusion of a diverse glossary of references to the books and poems which
had inspired the work.
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Wolff's poem "Waterwheel" featured as Vallum poem of the week Nov 2015