Sunday, May 4, 2014

Edric Mesmer reviews Lary Timewell’s tones employed as loss (2013)

Edric Mesmer was good enough to review Lary Timewell’s tones employed as loss (2013) in the new issue of YELLOW FIELD (#nine; spring 2014). Thanks, Edric! This is the second review of Timewell’s chapbook, after Rebecca Anne Banks reviewed such over at Subterranean Blue Poetry. You can pick up a copy of the new issue through: yellowedenwaldfield [at] yahoo [dot] com or by writing to 1217 Delaware Avenue, Apt. 802, Buffalo, New York 14209. For those who haven’t been able to pick up an issue yet, I reprint such here:

tones employed as loss
Lary Timewell

Of poetry concerned with the nature of poetry, add to that list this title. Unthrough as we should be with Modernism, Timewell is well traveled in the space-time canonicity, “setting / The Way-Back Machine to conjure / / to conjure-up the serious business / of fiscal harps and apotheoses” ([19]). Canonical titles are satirized via pop culture slipups [i.e. Pound’s Cannelloni], and soon we breeze by geographical allusion via Stein and Tolkas’s address. If “the answer is here, but the message turns / out to be a grocery list” ([15]), how now the medium? We may be in a state of serial thought—defied if not also reified by an illusory fixity of the digital—nowhere better exemplified than by Timewell’s loudly mutable slices of poetry defined, from “an echo losing insistence” to “living in the lap of lechery” to “kinetic seed.”

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