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Invisible Bride: Poems Hardcover – Apr 1 2004
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"A strange and penetrating book. Questing and questioning full of wonder and doubt, it draws you in and down. There is no settling, but a constant distance that beckons, that once reached you could settle--if only to find one more good place to enjoy a meal, to have someone tell (me) a story."
About the Author
Tony Tost 's poems have appeared in the literary magazines ence, No, Pleiades, Spinning Jenny, Quarter After Eight, Black Warrior Review, can we have our ball back? and others. Born in Missouri and raised in Washington, he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Invisible Bride is a record of what is not remembered and what may have never happened. Composed of six linking chapters, poems are set into them, none of which are in line except as an unscored melody. The enigmatic speaker informs us that he is "making a river to build a bridge across." He is the issue of any age, of unknown origin, "a descendent of birds"; also "unapologetically ill and in [his] early eighties." Also the survivor of "a twin [who] died at birth. The clouds weighed ten ounces." He owns a blind dog. He camps in the woods with Agnes, a philosophical force who waits tables at the airport and "explains [his] reason for being." Agnes leaves him. She had to go.
And though the work is highly referential (including an odd collection of known names, Bob Dylan, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bette Davis, Ted Williams, et al.), an essential part of it remains folded from view.Read more ›
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It seems to me that our poets work hard to write poetry in the abstract sense - and prose chunks are a great vehicle for this - and this book doesn't even have a table of contents (What, contents? How passe!) - but few bother to write memorable poems, of a definite shape, with a beginning, middle and end. There is one very, very good poem in this book, which is the only reason it has stuck in my mind, and that I have sought it out again at the public library. I can't quote it in full, and it doesn't survive in parts, but it's called "Swan of Local Colors," and it's on p.33. If you could, do look for it, rescue it, for a moment, from the stacks' oblivion.
Now if only I could convince some of our smarter young poets to return to writing poems!