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In The Valise are 21 poems written in couplets with titles at once familiar-Jubilee, Warrens, The Crocodile, Janes-and at the same time curiously new. With accuracy, clarity, and vividness, the language of these poems is at once precise and given to mystery. This is the world writ large-and mixed with the poet's sensibilities, emotions, and experiences. Things are named, called out, and made new, given to new meaning for the poet and for the reader. These are poems that see all the world as one great narration-poetry as discourse-where the reader is a conscious participant in the breaking out of signification. Where, as Scott Wilkerson writes in his foreword, "knowledge and experience . . . show their metaphysical hand." Alan Halsey writes: Gregory Vincent St Thomasino writes with a philosopher's precision. Perhaps he is a refugee from paradox, finding asylum in these two-line stanzas so spare and direct. Fastidious in gathering particulars he makes statements when statements are needed and knows the time and place for a fragment. This, this and this: these poems are a lesson in ostensive definition. What St Thomasino keeps in his valise calls out in a restrained but singular voice for undivided attention.
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Book Description Dead Academics Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0615551777