One of the Chicago Review of Books‘s Best Books of 2017.
Perception consists of short poems rooted in observed objects. Using metaphoric description as well as association, the poems inhabit the objects or entities that they contemplate — ranging from paintings and shop signs to wallpaper and flower species. These poems are seeking to enact a tenor of attention — the power of singular focus — that is too easily lost in our multi-tasking age.
“A Smaller Purple” from Perception:
Small like the bee’s balm remembered in the field – a tatter in the blossom and the hue faded eastward: – deep sips missing from the beveled glass that constitutes our loved color, violet