House Sails Out of Sight Pbk

George Mills, Author, Philip Booth, Foreword by Northeastern University Press $15.95 (64p) ISBN 978-1-55553-113-3
On first read, this debut collection is likely to confound. Using deceptively simple language, Mills refigures reality through his own skewed vision, his poems mirroring a mind caught between the logic of the conscious and the disorder of the unconscious. These abstruse works are nevertheless worth the effort, giving a unique spin on the quandary of living in an inexplicable world. About the depth of consciousness, for instance, Mills writes, ``All goes well in midair / until I look down. / Meditation has no bottom.'' The poet is both delighted by and fearful of the infinity of the mind, using snow to represent his ambivalence: ``She reaches out to touch / the man of snow. / Love of a snowman / has her hands in mittens.'' Mills is also concerned with the tenuous nature of identity amid the ``ravenous lights and shadows'' of the universe. Are we really what we see when we look in the mirror? he asks. Feeling like a mere organism thrown every which way by internal and external forces, the poet must ``occasionally . . . leave the house / and hug an oak as if to learn / how to stand still / among simple variations of sky.'' (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/1991
Release date: 11/01/1991
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