Radiance: Poems (review)

Radiance: Poems (review) The music of the self isn't purer than what lies behind the gabble of voices, but it is one's own: ``Isolate / distant . . . its uncomprehending / music spinning out flawed, erratic, glistening.'' We are reminded that the poem's title is ``One Music,'' suggesting that the speaker recognizes that even her desire to escape the discordant music of other lives is part of the music our lives make together. Other times, the music issues from the natural world, ``[t]he birds' exquisite warblings . . . / a design embroidered on morning's gray ground.'' Birds, flowers, seeds, light and water flow over us again and again in these poems, echoing from poem to poem, new again each time, yet carrying their resonances, proving Kohler's statement in ``Seed'' that ``[r]epetition is more than a method: as if / what is underneath is saying its name, trying to reach us . . .'' Always Kohler calls on the details of her own life to draw us toward that ``root-voice.'' ``Read these words and recognize / the voice as your own, the one you forget but hear,'' she beckons in ``Seed.'' ``Over and over I invent this instrument / for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Radiance: Poems (review)

Prairie Schooner, Volume 81 (2) – Aug 20, 2007

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Abstract

The music of the self isn't purer than what lies behind the gabble of voices, but it is one's own: ``Isolate / distant . . . its uncomprehending / music spinning out flawed, erratic, glistening.'' We are reminded that the poem's title is ``One Music,'' suggesting that the speaker recognizes that even her desire to escape the discordant music of other lives is part of the music our lives make together. Other times, the music issues from the natural world, ``[t]he birds' exquisite warblings . . . / a design embroidered on morning's gray ground.'' Birds, flowers, seeds, light and water flow over us again and again in these poems, echoing from poem to poem, new again each time, yet carrying their resonances, proving Kohler's statement in ``Seed'' that ``[r]epetition is more than a method: as if / what is underneath is saying its name, trying to reach us . . .'' Always Kohler calls on the details of her own life to draw us toward that ``root-voice.'' ``Read these words and recognize / the voice as your own, the one you forget but hear,'' she beckons in ``Seed.'' ``Over and over I invent this instrument / for

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Published: Aug 20, 2007

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