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All the World at Once Greg Watson

All the World at Once

Greg Watson

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Greg Watsons poetry carries an everyday eloquence that harbors elements of mystery and sangfroid by turns. There are times when its difficult to tell one from the other, as images and thoughts develop with even-tempered grace. He is a master atMoreGreg Watsons poetry carries an everyday eloquence that harbors elements of mystery and sangfroid by turns. There are times when its difficult to tell one from the other, as images and thoughts develop with even-tempered grace. He is a master at evoking the silences that grow between lovers, the emotional undertow of gentle rain, the allure of shadows, and the bitter-sweet power of memories and mute artifacts to keep us chained to the past.The chief wonder of the body of work contained in this collection is how consistently playful and imaginative individual poems--many of them with seemingly dour subjects--turn out to be. The conceit at work may be architectural, as in Love Poem in Three Separate Rooms or In an Imaginary Barn Alone or it may be meterological, as in Mapping the Rain or Sounds Heard During an Afternoon Storm in September. There are occasional poems (Elegy for the Hungry Mind Bookstore) and love poems in which carnal elements develop a subtle metaphysical sheen (When at Last Our Bodies Met). One long sequence of short poems, Notes Upon the Silence, delves more pointedly into the Zen sensibility that often fuels the unexpected twists of the poets more personal and literary themes.