Poetry. By turns mischievous and passionate, by fits lyrical and foolish, the poems of VANISHING ACT map a sustained interrogation of the interior, taking as territory the lyric subject itself. The content derives from daily life, financial worries, washing the dishes, advancing age, but as poems proceed to impasse and insight, shifts in tone, focus, and rhythm transport those concerns. Considered as a whole, VANISHING ACT involves the depth we feel and shadow we cast,the possibility of falling through one's self to the view looking.
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Bruce Holsapple grew up in rural Maine in the 1950s, edited a small press in Portland, Maine, in the 70s, then wandered off (Washington, Vermont, New York, Texas), working a proverbial variety of jobs, before finding his way into central New Mexico. Once there, possibilities of redemption stretched out like a bright desert landscape, sandy wash, lunar hills, cactus, juniper, and steep, stony mountains. He currently lives in Magdalena, NM.Review:
To call Bruce Holsapple's latest book introspective would be sort of like calling the sky high. This is less a collection of poems than the adaptation of what used to be called stream of consciousness into contemporary verse. It is a minutely detailed autobiography of the everyday. It is not light reading, but it is fascinating. If you give yourself to the verse of Vanishing Act, it starts pulling you along to find out what happens next, what extraordinary desert vista from New Mexico triggers what response, reaction, reflection, reverberation. This is poetry at its most imagistically philosophic, philosophy at its most poetically imagistic, or images at their most philosophically poetic--pick your poison, as the book directs. --Dana Wilde, House Organ
A poetry which inhabits, rather than announces, its themes; an account of what happens to a self as it becomes the materials it perceives; a poetry the register of that becoming; and a poetry determined by the tracks it has left behind, its melancholy tempered by a species of stoic wit. A poetry of reckoning and witness, a perceiving of perception: attention has rarely attended to its own strategies with such deliberation, and rarely have the objects of the world been the subject of such intense and meticulous scrutiny. --Marten Clibbens
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Book Description La Alameda Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1888809590
Book Description LA Alameda Pr, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 144 pages. 8.75x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1888809590
Book Description La Alameda Press, U.S.A., 2011. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket Issued. 1st Edition. Mint Condition. Signed. Many of the poems refer to Magdalena NM where the author lives and writes. Poet Bruce Holsapple has written two books about living in Magdalena, NM--Vanishing Act and Wayward Shadow¿and he promises a third book soon. His poems are silly, dense, sly, and emotional. Many were written in Magdalena's Hop Canyon and delight in details like wood stoves, wild flowers, broken shoe laces, and washing dishes. He sometimes reads them at the library. His themes involve small town life (and loves) and hiking in the mountains hereabouts, the Magdalenas, San Mateos, Manzanos and Bear Mountains. His scholarly book on the poetry of William Carlos Williams will be published by the University of New Mexico Press in December 2016. Full refund if you are not completely satisfied with your selection. Free postage and tracking to USA. Exact mailing costs to international buyers. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 63