By Sean Hill
From the poet whose wonderful debut was once praised as "transcendent" by means of Kevin younger and "steadily convinced" by means of Carl Phillips, Dangerous Goods tracks its speaker all through North the USA and in a foreign country, illuminating the ways that domestic and position may well inhabit each other conveniently or uncomfortably — or either at the same time. From the Bahamas, London, and Cairo, to Bemidji, Minnesota, and Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill interweaves the modern with the ancient, and explores with urgency the connection among trip, migration, alienation, and residential. the following, playful "postcard" poems addressed to Nostalgia and My 3rd weigh down this day sit down along robust reflections at the immigration of African american citizens to Liberia in the course of and after the period of slavery. Such variety and formal innovation make Hill's moment assortment either infrequent and exhilarating. half shadowbox, half migration map, half travelogue-in-verse, Dangerous Goods is poignant, dependent, and deeply moving.
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Crows laugh earlier than geese go back and quack, weeks until butterﬂies suckle and ﬂutter. Flurries subsequent week—spring dresses takes a knack right here. Spring’s return—not a shout yet a stutter. ninety four SUGARING, 1915 Like water, sunshine, or blood maple sap rises and spills— whilst it's going to, mercurial as lightning, surges with the mercury’s noontide upward push after final night’s freeze and rests with its night ebb, as this season breathes cool and back chilly. Scrutchin’s dip pen and inkwell will wait. occasionally even a attorney takes a holiday from litigation and not easy laws; he won’t want his fountain pen within the grove of maples. The bones of the season creak between those timber and stride gradual to ﬂesh— the squelch and crunch of snow and dirt along with his tread during this threshold time. He leans into the breast drill— presses his weight opposed to the ﬂat plate at its butt finish— penetrates the tough brown bark and nibbles into the stillfrozen wooden. The sap’s transparent and faintly candy, the best way sweat ninety five is faintly salty. He faucets spiles, sap spouts, comfy together with his hammer; the rap not like the gavel or auctioneer’s mallet—nothing judged, not anything sold—more a plaintive prayer pounded right here. He hangs pails and finally collects sap adequate from this sugarbush for his black forged iron kettle. Sap boils down amber, glacial candy accumulating just like the eventual accumulation of three-ﬁfths folks, 40 gallons for one like salt from gone oceans or that stiffening the garments of black sharecroppers with notions of higher days. ninety six SUGARING REDUX for Devin Corbin and Joan Menefee final drop, chilly small globe, your leave-taking of the tree slowed at the steel spout that funnels a runnel of sap into the bucket. at the spile’s lip you grasp on the finish of the day like child drool—gravid, candy, glacial potentiality wanting gravity, desirous to run with this coming of spring. I ﬁnd you within the ﬁrst rays stopped on your direction, you the final at day’s finish; you waited all evening in an orrery of a few process past our figuring out during this grove, issues plotted, orbits like swallows in meadows and the ﬁre underneath the kettle saved aglow continually ninety seven the daystar’s proxy until eventually its go back and also you fall away along with your brethren sap planets plopping into the pail ﬁrst drop this present day. ninety eight STILL lifestyles WITH STARLINGS AND guy “. . . yet for the reason that they shipped us around the water it’s as though I will be thankful I’m imported . . . ” Gudtyme “Musica Negra (Black Music)” X-Pressions via the X-Ecutioners each composition has parts, and so my using as much as the ATM on the Wells Fargo off Paul Bunyan force and ﬁnding a mom ecu starling and her ﬂedglings at the few yards of eco-friendly among me and Paul Bunyan force makes us, to me, a few type of composition. She forages to feed them, and so they watch and imitate, the way in which loads of studying happens, identifying up bits of clutter with their mouths to work out what’s really suitable for eating, one seems to be of innocence with a sweet wrapper in its invoice ahead of losing it to just accept nutrition from mom, rictus at her method, that instinctual gape, ninety nine and due to the fact that I’ve initiated the transaction, the ATM, having permitted my card, beeps at me for extra recognition, and that i peck my PIN and can’t support looking at the starlings.
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