By Matthew Schwartz
What you feel
for the sustenance
inclined to a source,
enamored of singularity,
quickly right here and quickly
gone, shadow from which
the body's braveness comes.
I slapped one on my leg.
Its blood glowed.
Blessings for the Hands follows a variety of speakers—often disabled audio system, who by no means as soon as determine themselves as gadgets of grievance or self-pity—through the haunted dreamscape of “normalcy.” certainly, goals are non-stop presences during this surprisingly sophisticated and chic debut assortment that juxtaposes actual conditions with the gigantic inside lifetime of the mind's eye. the topics of Blessings for the Hands are actual and imagined confrontations—and reconciliations—between kin, neighbors, strangers, and animals. Matthew Schwartz’s quasi-autobiographical verse complicates and clarifies the sentiments ready simply beneath the styles and expectancies of the audio system’ sunlight lives, the place anger, pleasure, corporeality, and mortality all appear to collide. For Schwartz, poetry is a sleight of hand that retains the reader guessing via approximately imperceptible shifts among current imaginative and prescient and absent truth. Blessings for the Hands is a lyric reckoning of the strain among the lifestyles we're given and the existence we're decided to lead.
“Blessings for the Hands is emotionally powerful and imaginatively wild, particular, deeply relocating, with out an ort of self-pity, and pervaded via ‘compassion right down to your fingertips’ (which Chekhov stated is ‘the purely procedure’ either to write down and to live). This perspective of imaginative and prescient is sharp sufficient to unify a lot disparate material. The poems are transparent and musical and for that reason a excitement to learn and reread regardless of their gravity. I imagine this can be lasting work.”—Michael Ryan
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