poetr y "Drawing on images that rise dreamNadine Sabra like from a personal landscape, these Meyer poems attempt to communicate what I find hardest to say, the movement of my mind within itself. So much of the way we perceive the world is dependent not on what has happened to us, the storylines of our lives, but on how we piece those fragments of experience together. The poem `And Then' enacts the difficult processing of my mother's death. But it enacts, too, my experience writing a poem: it begins in a meditation--the mind turned inward, images rising fractured and unbidden. When focused on, these images solidify, in this case into bits of memory, which in turn are hinged to other memories, moving tangentially as the mind moves. The ways in which these memories are hinged defines the realizations. "The other three poems, `Atrium,' `Invocation: A Fragment' and `Sanctuary: A Premonition,' attempt to articulate a central human experience that is primarily nonlinguistic. For this, I found it necessary to turn to a more surreal language, one that is highly imagistic, a language that resonates against a self, beyond the conscious mind. All four of these poems are drawn from
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Apr 22, 2011
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