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The Day before the Big Dance, and: West Texas near Dark, and: Spring in the Village, and: Things to Do, and: List and Process, and: From “Standards in Norway”, and: Afternoon

The Day before the Big Dance, and: West Texas near Dark, and: Spring in the Village, and: Things... Tryfon Tolides poetr y "Five of these poems were written in my village in Greece; the other two in Marfa, Texas, in the high desert. With the exception of `From "Standards in Norway,"' which is a poem referencing a song on a Keith Jarrett recording, the poems are about place. Even the Jarrett poem, while starting with the song, finds its way to place. One poem was written from my balcony, two during walks; one looks back on a day at day's end, another does the same but then extends its look back upon a life. "Poems begin in a real place, for me, in the world more than in the mind; or if the mind is involved, the mind becomes the place it sees--reflects it, anyway. Place more than mind, and place more than people. Place or its elements, without interpretation, without metaphor: that alone can be the poem--just a thing ringing out--or can bring me to experience and consider time, consciousness, longing, or through memory the past and what is gone or fleeting, or the echoing of some absence; or I may be brought to consider the world at this current strained point in time. I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Day before the Big Dance, and: West Texas near Dark, and: Spring in the Village, and: Things to Do, and: List and Process, and: From “Standards in Norway”, and: Afternoon

The Missouri Review , Volume 35 (3) – Feb 14, 2012

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Tryfon Tolides poetr y "Five of these poems were written in my village in Greece; the other two in Marfa, Texas, in the high desert. With the exception of `From "Standards in Norway,"' which is a poem referencing a song on a Keith Jarrett recording, the poems are about place. Even the Jarrett poem, while starting with the song, finds its way to place. One poem was written from my balcony, two during walks; one looks back on a day at day's end, another does the same but then extends its look back upon a life. "Poems begin in a real place, for me, in the world more than in the mind; or if the mind is involved, the mind becomes the place it sees--reflects it, anyway. Place more than mind, and place more than people. Place or its elements, without interpretation, without metaphor: that alone can be the poem--just a thing ringing out--or can bring me to experience and consider time, consciousness, longing, or through memory the past and what is gone or fleeting, or the echoing of some absence; or I may be brought to consider the world at this current strained point in time. I

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Published: Feb 14, 2012

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