Thursday, September 26, 2013

ROBERT LAX : POEMS (1962-1997) ~







Robert Lax





one stone

one stone

one stone



i lift

one stone

one stone



i lift

one stone

and i am

thinking



i am

thinking

as i lift

one stone



one stone

one stone

one stone



i lift

one stone

one stone



i lift

one stone

and i am

thinking



i am

thinking

as i lift

one stone



i am

thinking

as i lift

one stone

one stone



i am

thinking

as i lift

one stone



one stone

one stone

one stone



i lift

one stone

one stone



i lift

one stone

and i am

thinking






___________







the air

and the dream:



the dream

and the air:



the flow

of the dream:



the flow

of the air.






_____________






"are you a visitor?" asked

the dog.



"yes," i answered.



"only a visitor?" asked

the dog.



"yes," i answered.



"take me with you," said

the dog.






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Here comes one more modest tome from the good hands at Wave Books — modest in design and a no frills beauty all its own. The size and dimensions of the press' books are often hidden, until you begin reading. Reading are what books are all about — a funny, yet knowing statement for sure. The above selection of poems by Lax is a mere touch into the scope of this collection, rounding up nearly forty years of the poet's work. . .some of which I once received decades ago from Journeyman Press, in elegant simple pressings. I haven't looked at those booklets for years but I was struck by the starkness, brief color and resonance all at once. The Wave collection is handsomely edited by John Beer: he presents, gets out of the way, but not before a heady introduction. 
No poetry library goes far without this book.






Wave Books
1938 Fairview Avenue East
Seattle, WA. 98102
wavepoetry.com






2 comments:

Jonathan Chant said...

Love those poems, Bob. Especially one stone...

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Yes, Jonathan,

the rhythm of the poet mastering past
yet with the heft of the stone.

There's nothing like love
all's well, Bob