Civil and Civic (Poems) by Jonathan Bennett

By Jonathan Bennett

Limitations among inner most sectors and public geographical regions are puzzled during this medley of latest poems from a longtime Canadian voice. topics of drugs, the army, technological know-how, public kinfolk, social justice, media, enterprise, and the environmental circulation are tested, illustrating the unwanted side effects of transparency as opposed to legal responsibility. Exploring the chuffed injuries which could ensue while irreconcilable spheres of impression collide, Jonathan Bennett deals insightful, relevant verse with exacting and brilliant diction.

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Jodhpurs, crop, hop a creek, the platypus halts. Picnicking, “Make you a dandy,” a golden dandelion chain. For fun, on the ghostly court, stroking balls back and forth over an imaginary net, calling a lark about “let,” forehand approach, before a leg up, and away to the gatehouse, handsome; trotting click, clop on the cobblestones, lashing them at the fence, couple a saloon-bound outlaws armed with sugar cubes, carrots and apples, and rest in tender agony between mounts. 42 Soffit and Facia Asset-backed paper was the new poetry, that which was unwanted and misunderstood.

We eat together in a peculiar quiet. This may not be her first memory, 56 she may not recall it tomorrow or even next Easter when we paint eggs hard-boiled. But then, she doesn’t finish it. I don’t like it, she says. I don’t like eggs. 57 Last Notes As the last notes sink into cedar baffling the dark hall’s expanse is at pause, just then the applause surges and a thousand nervy endings fire until hard house lights do whatever the opposite of dim is called and burn off a thickly set joy. Chatter.

Medicine, the military, science, public relations, social justice, media, business, and the environmental movement are just some of the worlds these poems inhabit. Not without a spirit of play, in Civil and Civic Bennett emerges as a disquieting curator, giving the reader poetry that is relevant, humane, political, investigative, and outward looking. Yet he supplies voice to private moments, isolated or suppressed incidents, and to the happy accidents that can occur within language when irreconcilable spheres of influence meet and open up new meanings, ideas, hope even.

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