McClatchy's second collection, like his Scenes from Another Life ( LJ 3/15/81), is a highly formal and erudite one, pre cise, restrained, and inventive. His at tention to formal conceits gives shape to his major theme: the dichotomy be tween experience and art, between what is lived and what is imaginedthe estranged self. This is perhaps most movingly realized in two poems about the art of poetry which frame the book. The first is about a deaf girl who watch es a friend silently mouth the poet's verses ("the poem come/ from some one else's lips, as it can"); the second about the poet (Ovid) in exile, like a "boy into death, the bit of life/ Strand ed in a song, or its singer." Exile, trans formation, wonder are all constants in this work by a poet who delights in wordplay. While mostly discursive, this collection also contains a series of highly polished country lyrical sketch es. This is challenging, though often il luminating work. Robert Hudzik, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
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