I got this from the Newport Beach Public Library, whose modern poetry section is completely amazing these days. I really liked the simple cover–the book was also very well put together–nice font, great paper, etc. However at twenty bucks for less then one hundred pages this is a little over priced–I would really like to see poetry books come down in price again.
My review when I finished it was very simple. Sestets is a fine book of poems with some really great lines. The poems are very much about mans relationship to nature or the natural world. They all start to sound the same.
Ends with an emotional knock out vacuum punch.
“No matter what any one says,
life and death are
Simple and strong, I like this kind of writing.
“The dogs have stopped
what else do dogs do in modern poetry
“Stuck to your business
boys I forget the
“Sunlight is lie
saran wrap it preserves
the world for tomorrow”
At this point I started trying to draw up a list of interrelated themes:
Epiation–to atone for, make amends, reparation
“There must be a cheese
character for this–a
I do not think I wrote that down right…
“The past becomes such a
mirror–we’re in it,
and then we’re not.”
Again, the simple stark beauty of his writing.
“Amber does not remember the pine”–I love that line
likely my favorite poesm in the collection
“We line in a post passionate
Over all a good book. I will read more from him.
There is also a good review here:
A monk asked Joshu, “I have just entered this monastery. I beg you, Master, please give me instructions.”