Poetry Shelf, a little poetry thought: I am currently loving Bryan Walpert’s Native Bird

Hoopla Native bird web   Hoopla Native bird web

‘You see the day as a kind of wind’

I am currently loving Bryan Walpert‘s Native Bird (Mākaro Press, 2015). Reading this book is like entering a restorative glade. Or a slow paced European movie where the camera takes one long slow delicious pan that sweeps and lingers and stalls and accumulates the faintest detail, the hint of movements, the tremor of action. And out of the long gorgeous sweep of reading, you get place, character, story. Or think of this rhythm as a sticky ribbon to which detail adheres. The detail catches you. Phrases, whole lines, stanzas. The sound of each line strikes your ear – beautifully, honey-like. The world slows because this is one of those books where the poems reach out and hold you in the grip of attention. I adore it.

 

from ‘Wayward ode’

I’ve rewritten this three times. How many

transformations must it take before you hear me

call through this drafty window of ink?

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Poetry Shelf, a little poetry thought: I am currently loving Bryan Walpert’s Native Bird

  1. Pingback: Poetry Shelf review: Carolyn McCurdie’s Bones in the Octogon – this is a gem of a book that relishes the mundane as much as it sets clouds dancing | NZ Poetry Shelf

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