poetr y "In the months after my first wife's death, during periods of intense withdrawal, I would write feverishly. John W. Evans I did not attend closely to the craft of the poems; in experiencing raw and overwhelming emotion, I wanted to capture, without affectation, the sensibilities of grief and mourning. I set a goal of writing at least one clear and honest poem per month. As time passed, these poems captured how grief and loss evolved from month to month. I experimented with organizing them out of chronological order; I wanted the poems, as a group, to reflect the urgency, maybe even the lack of sense, in trying to recapture lost time. `There Are No Words,' `Scale,' `The New Beautiful,' and `When the Detectives Arrived Sunday Morning' are at the heart of this sequence. `When the Detectives . . . ' speaks directly to the futility of responding to one kind of violence with another. `Elegy with Boardwalk,' `Eclogue' and `Round and Round,' also part of the series, attempt to engage the contradictions, reconciliations and optimism inherent in loving again after suffering the traumatic loss of a spouse." John W. Evans is currently a Stegner Fellow at
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Aug 4, 2010
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