An Eagle’s Eye View of the God in the Details

The Mindful Bard: Anatomy of Clay

by Wanda Waterman
The Voice Magazine Volume 22 Issue 24 2014-06-13

Book: Anatomy of Clay

Author: Gillian Sze

“It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.”
– Anonymous

Have you ever leafed through a stack of New Yorker issues just to check out what kind of poetry they publish? Did you conclude that the point was to be just as pointless as possible while still sounding eloquent and perceptive?

If so, join the club. In spite of adoring everything else about The New Yorker, the Mindful Bard has often confessed a dislike for imagist poetry (poems comprised of a succession of images with little if any reference to a message), in part because of the effort required to decipher dense imagery that, in the end as often as not, signifies nothing, and in part because it’s still such a fixture of the best mainstream magazines. Which is why poetry rich in metaphor, meaning, and wordplay is such a breath of fresh air.

Enter Gillian Sze, born in Winnipeg and now living in Montreal, whose poems are so spare, so jewel-like, so vivid, and so enlightening that you think it must be painful to walk around with that level of sensitivity to ordinary things. (Read the rest here.)

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