Martin Corless-Smith Bitter Green

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Bitter Green

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Martin Corless-Smith limns the lyric soul within limits of body, time, and interrelation. In this new work we find him losing and lost yet buoyant in visions of classicism and location.

I have finished a moment more lasting than bronze
A fresh nothing held up to the face of Boreas
When I look for myself I am not even there
Everything has escaped through the fingers of my goddess

Martin Corless-Smith is a native of Worcestershire, England. He is the author of five books of poems and one of fiction. He is professor of creative writing at Boise State University.

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In his beautifully broken sixth collection, British poet and painter Corless-Smith (English Fragments) finds new language for the lyric's oldest subjects: love and death. Beginning with the end of a marriage and ending with the death of a mother, Corless-Smith explores grief through brief, often untitled poems that are steeped in poetic history. Their rough edges and collaged lines give them a distinctly modern flavor, but the poems also often pillage the pastoral tradition for inspiration. The book's very first line, for example, invokes a nightingale, Keats's famous symbol of lyrical genius and transitory experience. "Hope is a flower, change is a gardener, death is the soil," Corless-Smith writes in "Nothing has transcended death," which begins on an English hillside. Elsewhere, end rhymes and ironic archaisms suggest even older bards, including Pope and Milton. Such self-consciousness occasionally smacks of elitism, but the solace Corless-Smith takes in the green world seems genuine rather than conventional, and the book's rawness makes its references intimate rather than showy, as though the reader is paging through a notebook or diary. "What should I bring to you," Corless-Smith writes in one the collection's most moving pieces. "It will not be pity or// Our love, which I can't find/ without you I must bring/ my general humanity/ a dull brute beast." (Dec.)\n

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