By John Hollander
“Perfection is a unprecedented accomplishment, really in American poetry, and the perfection of a lot of Hollander’s paintings makes it crucial examining for a person who certainly cares for the craft of poetry. yet in our fallen global we appear fated to price strength of perfection, and John Hollander’s poetry has proven a visionary strength simply frequently adequate to safe him a spot as one of many significant figures of our moment.”
Vernon Shetley, The New Republic
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Attempting to make feel of it now, attempting to determine what the errand used to be you will have despatched Me on—and, much more, what new chore understanding approximately What you’d intended then units up for me now—it’s like coping With the legislations that, whereas being laid down, have been chop up Into bits with a few type of observed. therefore the commandment used to be to interpret earlier than all else. The perplexing Injunctions, pass phrases, prohibitions themselves riddled With gaps that will or now not be loopholes, are extra binding Than bronze statutes status in public squares, stone tables arrange in rocky precincts, too simply undefined To must be obeyed. extra binding. extra to be sung. tales are a question, even though, of radiance, of wholes. hence: The day used to be too transparent and vivid in basic terms to were Exemplary, to blossom after which blast with sunset And next decay into the dust of the evening, Into another little bit of what couldn't be proof That the solar additionally rises etcetera. The day used to be too in actual fact that day—when you laughed over spilt milk, whilst I cried over spilt wine, after we observed eagles, claw Hooked in claw, wheeling jointly over the bald crags— To be in simple terms that, or to be in simple terms a July Someteenth. That it was once an afternoon like all different intended That it used to be completely singular, a narrative too transparent, too without delay instructed to not be a parable. final summer time 154 You depend on what I say approximately you (as do I). you utilize me for my reasons I’m blind to. you're given to utter what i need to intimate. you're the Urtext: i've got performed the illustrations. you're the ultramarine within which i'm enisled. you're final: I’m intermediate, and so while you are Ithaca then i need to be Ulysses; I roam indiscriminately towards your pressing shore, I examine inductively what's understood for you. I improvise over your ordinary undersong. out and in my brain strikes once you have your ups and downs. I remove darkness from the darkness that you just herald. i'm a foul liar: you're pretty much as good as your note. You and that i one hundred fifty five Locked up during this phone as though in punishment for a few Transgression, I velocity out day-by-day the made up our minds floor among partitions of very previous stone, realizing nobody else Has ever been saved right here. To mood my loneliness during this room’s monstrous tract of time, I summon up a few prior Prisoners, think their old graffiti right here: “XIII—Atlas holds the sky up, 3 Hesperides Stand via in admiration” chiseled on one naked wall Speaks for a shaping spirit; a few figuring one rhymes “My pent-up strategies I’ll repair, until eventually i've got served my time, on Fibonacci quantity six that's the 7th best. ” those fancy up the very fact of time, whereas i attempt to research phrases of the language during which you’ll hand me my parole. an excessive amount of Freedom 156-168 Triskaidekaphobia around the centuries stored us seating another on the desk, even if the additional one was once foolish or redundant or gross. in addition, the hot arrangements—the sexes paired off, The doubled sevens, the mysteries of ten and 4— Masqueraded as purposes, hiding consistently our worry Of risky and smelly oddments at the back of the brilliant and fascinating preparations that terror had us make.