Jay Meek has received grants for his poetry from the NFrom Publishers Weekly:
In these polished but ultimately static poems, Meek ( Earthly Purposes ) frequently shifts locales--from a church in Italy to Manhattan's Grand Central Station, from a lakeside to an aquarium. These beautifully rendered, mutating scenes form a backdrop to inner meditations whose tone and subject matter remain remarkably fixed. Poem after poem concludes with traces of a sensibility troubled by its own inability to change and by its own introspectiveness ("Much of my life I've been moving more deeply into myself, / until I can hardly tell who I am"). The strength of many pieces rests in specific descriptions: the rituals of travel ("laying out razor . . . / on a shelf wiped clean of any past"), a horrifying, spare account of Hiroshima victims attempting to drink from a river. Such intensely vivid moments are diminished by Meek's reliance on generalities and the first-person plural ("Our small lives . . . "). But perhaps the predictability and sameness of these poems is inherent to Meek's undertaking--to convey a spirit both keenly perceptive and distracted, numb, unable to feel.
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Book Description Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 887480810