Jack Elliott Myers Blindsided: Poems

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Blindsided: Poems

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There's no such thing as one poem by Jack Myers. Every poem in Blindsided reads like three or four poems in a multi-layering. Jack Myers is true to the simultaneous hoo-ha cockamamie carnival of voices in the human heart, where Martin Buber and Monty Python are always vying for air-time.

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Myers is Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences

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Able to see the humor in any situation, Myers ( As Long as You're Happy ) delights in turning family life into a farce. In various poems, a first-person speaker fills up his children's pool and precariously sets it under a roof with no gutter just as it's about to rain, drags his reluctant wife to be photographed at a modeling studio that they later discover is about to go out of business and paints his kitchen cabinets a garish blue. Even when the speaker assumes a passive role, the lives of those around him resemble a black comedy: his son banging on a highchair reminds him of "a prisoner who has lost the ability to speak." Another poem describes a man who dies just after he has found a way to make his glasses an asset to his appearance. Ultimately, the male voice in these poems is sexist, sophomoric and boastful, excusing the speaker's lust with "Somehow it seems noble to be obsessed / by thoughts of furthering one's race." The poems are impressive at first--the speaker is believable if unlikable--but after 96 monotonous pages in precisely the same key, one recognizes a poet giving into his limitations.
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