By Quan Barry
2002 finalist in poetry, Society of Midland Authors
Quan Barry’s wonderful debut assortment has been in comparison to Sylvia Plath’s Ariel for the startling complexity of craft and the unique refined imaginative and prescient at the back of it. In those poems attractiveness is simply as prone to be stumbled on on a radioactive atoll as within the existential questions raised via The Matrix.
Asylum is a piece focused on giving voice to the displaced—both genuine and fictional. In "some refrains Sam may have performed had he been requested" the piano participant from Casablanca is fleshed out in methods the movie didn’t permit. Steven Seagal, Yukio Mishima, Tituba of the Salem Witch Trials, and eighteenth-century black poet Phillis Wheatley additionally populate those poems.
Barry engages with the world—the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, the legacy of the Vietnam war—but additionally tackles the huge meditative query of the individual’s lifestyles with regards to the next fact, even if reading rituals or wondering, "Where is it written that we must always are looking to be saved?" finally, Asylum unearths a haven via now not taking a look away.
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Asylum (Pitt Poetry Series) by Quan Barry