Spot Weather Forecast

Kevin Goodan. Alice James, $17.95 trade paper (100p) ISBN 978-1-948579-22-3
Goodan (Anaphora) writes viscerally of his experience working as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in commanding language that evokes disaster and destruction. Though the book features individual poems titled after their first lines, it reads as one extended piece. His descriptions of flames are hypnotic and breathtakingly visual: “the blue-rooted/ Flame, the mother-of-pearl flicker,/ The radiant-glazed, gradient-whorled,/ The updraft-wafted, drought-kilned/ The beetle-killed kindled... Fire, fire, fir, the dry, dry air alone.” He is equally descriptive in capturing the physical toll of having such a demanding and perilous job: “We give/ Our lungs/ To the fire,/ Their frothy/ Pink and/ Trembling/ Capacities.” This proximity to danger generates intensity in even the quieter passages: “I look down into the valley/ Of my life, cupping an ear/ To hear the sudden chorus/ Of trees ignite.” Goodan includes quotes from fire incident reports and the names for different types of ropes and safety gear: the Pulaski and the “shake-n-bake,” a foil tent used as a “last resort” protective measure that “might just/ Cook you golden brown.” Goodan takes the reader to hell and back in this electrifying collection. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 11/30/2021
Release date: 11/01/2021
Genre: Poetry
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