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Appearances

Appearances I come here when I fear my soul has fled forever says the speaker in Appearances about a place where land water and sky converge In poems that take their shape from daily walks around a teeming ha

  • Title: Appearances
  • Author: Michael Collins
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • I come here when I fear my soul has fled forever, says the speaker in Appearances, about a place where land, water, and sky converge.In poems that take their shape from daily walks around a teeming harbor, Michael Collins meditates on nature, though not nature as some place you visit some museum to nostalgia through, but as a place of meeting and confrontation between I come here when I fear my soul has fled forever, says the speaker in Appearances, about a place where land, water, and sky converge.In poems that take their shape from daily walks around a teeming harbor, Michael Collins meditates on nature, though not nature as some place you visit some museum to nostalgia through, but as a place of meeting and confrontation between nature and civilization, art and subject, consciousness and the unconscious, life and death.The poems in this sequence render images offered by both the human and natural worlds, even as the speaker knows that he can t reason these worlds back together Michael Patrick Collins is at the height of his creative powers in Appearances Always expert at integrating myth into contemporary life, making it not merely relevant but urgent, his work is both intimate and universal Collins delves into the mysteries of the human heart, memory, nostalgia, regret, loss, and love with almost unbearable poignancy, but without sentimentality A careful observer of the endangered natural world and the precarious inner life, he has both the keen eye of Bishop and the soul of Yeats What an explosive combination this marriage of sensibilities produces a singular voice of conviction and inquiry Collins is no stranger to self examination and self argument The entire book can be read as a dialogue with the self that explores the ways things are often than they seem Ducks have transformed into pigeons for winter, their pastel paintings the snow suited woman kneeling to pray remakes the lone, cold beach into a temple Never finished probing his suppositions, the restless voice in this collection holds his knowledge of myth, history, the canon, philosophy as he interrogates and discovers his own beliefs This speaker bears his soul in his poems and we are the richer for it Jennifer Franklin, author of Looming In shimmering poems of double vision, Michael Collins offers walking meditations of the harbor he visits when he fears his soul has fled forever Driven by the predations of the world, he circles the mirrors of this haven, startled into wakefulness and linguistic wit by orphic fish, quacking sandals and sacrosanct mallards, recasting myth and metaphysics in poems whose inventive formal and visual inversions upend any sense of solidity This slipperiness of language and image opens into a spacious vision of fresh joy that returns the speech fused soul to a new body that can hold it We know from the title Appearances that things are not as they seem, but these poems poised at land s end reveal the marvelous seam that joins all worlds in one J C Todd, author of What Space This Body These urgent, spiritually searching poems glint with evocative description, fresh language, and inventive forms This is a book rather than a collection, moving through close observations of sea and shore, to an often humorous self awareness, and ultimately to a discovery of meaning in the appearances, as in I ve finished losing the world I thought I controlled in the tiny light flecks on delicate wavelets dawn and haven face one another Intellectually rigorous and subtly moving, Appearances is a pleasure to read and re read Joan Aleshire, author of Happily

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    1. Michael Collins

      Michael Collins poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in than 70 journals and magazines He is also the author of the chapbooks How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water and Harbor Mandala and the full length collections Psalmandala and Appearances He teaches creative and expository writing at New York University and the Hudson Valley Writers Center and is the Director of Studies at Why There Are Words Press and curator of the New York City branch of the national Why There Are Words Reading Series Visit notthatmichaelcollins for .

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