Gail Mazur's Forbidden City (Phoenix Poets) PDF

By Gail Mazur

ISBN-10: 022634956X

ISBN-13: 9780226349565

from “Mount Fuji”

A draughtsman’s draughtsman, Hokusai at 70

thought he’d began to know the structures


of birds and beasts, bugs and fish, of the way

plants develop, was hoping that by way of ninety he’d have

penetrated to their crucial nature.


And extra, through a hundred, I could have reached the stage

where each dot, each mark I make will be

alive. you usually enjoyed that unravel, you’d repeat


joyfully—Hokusai’s utterance of faith

in work’s probabilities, its present, that,

at a hundred thirty, he’d maybe have realized to draw.


Gail Mazur’s poems in Forbidden City  build an interesting meditative constitution upon the weather of mortality and paintings, eloquently considering the connection of paintings and life—and the dynamic chances of every one together. on the collection’s middle is the poet’s lengthy marriage to the artist Michael Mazur (1935–2009). a desirable variety of tone infuses the book—grieving, yet clear-eyed instead of lugubrious, occasionally whimsical, even comical, and sometimes exuberant. The word of delight, as in an previous culture enriched via transience, runs throughout the paintings, even within the ultimate poem, “Grief,” the place “our starving carry at the global” is a strong critical element.

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From “Mount Fuji”A draughtsman’s draughtsman, Hokusai at 70thought he’d started to know the structures of birds and beasts, bugs and fish, of the wayplants develop, was hoping that via ninety he’d havepenetrated to their crucial nature. And extra, by means of a hundred, i'll have reached the stagewhere each dot, each mark I make will bealive.

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