Thing Music

Anthony McCann. Wave (Consortium, dist.), $18 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-933517-96-4
McCann (I Heart Your Fate) culls restless poems from vast spaces created by wind, light, and sound; where "leaves twitched/ in the white wind// light entered/ every hole// Everything was noise." The poems treat the reader as a tightly-bound creature navigating an infinite space, with McCann urging an acknowledgement of the inherent energy possessed by any object—energy that gives each thing its own life and thus deepens the uncertainty of how well we know our world. Here, each object brims with greater purpose: "Can't we say that the object is singing, that its absence,/ like presence, is there?" This includes our own bodies, as if the physical self keeps an inner radiance at bay, "like when a head comes off/ and light spreads across the room." In these poems, the body is empty and open, not just receptive but overwhelmed by the world flowing unstoppably around and through it: "I pushed/ my body through// all this/ speed// to you." McCann examines our attachment to the physical world and uses this to build a bridge to the metaphysical; in his undulating world, the physical self is a gift, one that gives us a hand to feel that pulse, a shape in all the noise. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/29/2014
Release date: 09/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 113 pages - 978-1-933517-97-1
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