poetr y "It's funny. I've spent so many hours contemplating these poems, pacing Josh Booton the room as my Labradoodle cocked her head in wonder, and yet when someone asks me to write a few words about them, all I can say is, `Um, I think they're about love?' If any attribute binds these four poems, it is their concern, to varying degrees, with the elegiac. Whether the subject is the recovery of a former student through a drawing (`Sketch with Yellow Asterisk'), or the childhood memory of a giant cage full of chirping birds (`Finches'), or my foray into menial labor and the people who populated that world (`Strange Shapes the Night Makes'), these poems, for me, attempt to both lament and briefly recapture what has been lost. Even a poem about a couple strolling by the ocean (`As One Stone May Be Used to Shape Another') seems as concerned with the irretrievable as with what persists between two people. But maybe that one is just about love." Josh Booton is a James A. Michener Fellow in poetry at the University of TexasAustin. His poems have appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Poetry Northwest and the Grove Review.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Apr 22, 2011
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