Thursday, January 10, 2008

Merrill Gilfillan's UNDANCEABLE

Called back, as Emily said. From what? I hardly know. Sorry, bloggers. Will try to do better.

Anyway, I stumbled into M. Gilfillan's latest a month or two ago, published by the excellent Flood Editions. Not exactly new, being a book of 2005. But timeless, as the muses say. Full of his cryptic ellipticals strung out on a vaguely western twang. His verbal metier is southern midwest, really. A slow focussed interest in what's in front of him of note, but with little (other) reference to his self. No interest in elegy. A low-riding humorous affection for the genuine, human or natural, which is out of the way. Hints of Dorn.


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