Fate's Kite: Poems, 1991-1995

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In this stunningly wrought collection, Dave Smith presents a galaxy of souls searching for "something" through the dusty lens of a lost faith. If religion is the arena in which we engage ultimate meaning, then these are religious poems indeed, prayers and meditations of the cosmically disenfranchised looking for a sign among the detritus of a broken world: "Lord, admit/us, we lived here, almost happy, almost yours." But where, really, are we? And how - and why - did we get here?
Pulsing, carefully orchestrated, these thirteen-line poems are tightly wound miracles of compression, alive with texture and color, sharp with the raw flavors of sex, blood, and seawrack, ready to explode off the page. Ranging from youth, all moonlight and speed and violent ecstasy, through the fierce disillusionment of middle age to the final decline, snagged on "memory's hook"; from the sun-shot desolation of the contemporary American South to the faded marmoreal glory of Europe - Smith forges a craggy metaphysics that stops just this side of despair, finding Delphic moments of affirmation of our kinship with the physical world.

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Dave Smith is professor of English at Louisiana State University and coeditor of the Southern Review.

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"Lord, admit/us, we lived here, almost happy, almost yours," pleads Dave Smith in his 16th collection of poems. This sequence of near-sonnets (13 lines each) records his flight toward redemptive meaning in the American South, Italy, Seamus Heany's Ireland, and the landscapes of memory. Influences of the later Robert Lowell as well as Smith's avowed model, Robert Penn Warren, can be discerned in Smith's compressed style, but his search for an individual sense of the sacred, as well as the feeling of litany that pervades the series, invoke the work of Christopher Smart and John Clare. The dangers of this sort of verse diary?self-absorption and diffuseness?are largely offset by Smith's keen eye for arresting particulars: pelicans that "float like joy," or the "silverfish/snoozing like whiskered dreamers." A compelling volume from an important and much praised poet. For most poetry collections.?Graham Christian, Andover-Harvard Theological Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
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