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Sard By Philip Byron Oakes
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Often joking while performing his circus of fire eating acts, PHILIP BYRON OAKES gets around to lavish spectacles “Sooner or loiter.” Details mount and accrue, as what is... More > real—objective—is less satisfying to observe than the ritualized, impeccably imbedded electrical buzz and charge of these manic fragmented tableaux holding place as they surge. Oakes writes as he guns the motor. There is a sense of vertigo that appeals to one’s right brain and left brain simultaneously. The language swirls—a whirlpool of stochastic images encountered without fault. The poems are, I feel, impressively unimpeachable—shards of focus as imagined works of art. What we are witness to is the random miracle seemingly made plain—a vase of flowers torn from a table by a cyclone in Kansas (the house ripped to kindling) and placed down serenely in Sarasota or Reno without so much as a petal harmed. Such is the force of the poems in _Sard_. —Raymond Farr (editor of Blue & Yellow Dog)< Less