Sunday, September 19, 2010
At the End of Time
The Incomplete Works of Richard Krech
Volume II Poems 2001 - 2009 $20.00
Sunnyoutside Press Buffalo 2010
There are seven sections in this book of self realization, of how
worldly interruptions may effect the creative life. Krech breaks
out of his self imposed retreat from poetry, because…
"The statue with no face and broken legs
no longer stares out at the long green valley.
The frightened men have shattered their own
diminish themselves as they step beyond
their banal legacy of oppression
and turn to destroying the very history of the world.
The statue no longer stares out at Bamiyan valley,
the enlightened gaze takes in the reflection
The collection of poems is a mixture of Buddhist thought, political
treaties, and biographical sketches. The poet places himself outside
the portraits and renders in fine lines the intentions of those he writes
about. The poems are mannered, concise, and full of insights…
"I have accomplished several remarkable
feats in poetry, I thought,
after coming off a 25-year line break.
I wrote a poem about the vibrate mode
of a cell phone;
another about Valerie Solanis
and Enver Hoxha.
I saw old friends and made new ones.
I found out that my spelling
There is a stillness within the poems, and are often pulled up from the
ground, gritty, earthy. Krech uses form to express his word play.
The reader can relax with this worthy book, with its sense of history,
personal references and experiences, the poet/monk/activist/teacher,
writes with a wider audience in mind…
"…as yesterday's sun flattens out
and sinks into mountain ridges,
lights twinkling on
in West Oakland,
first evening breeze,
and the adventure continues."
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