There are so many passages, phrases, poems I love in this book that I find it hard to know which ones to focus on.
It describes a bar scene and a man sitting alone, drinking. These lines highlight the particularity of the minute and familiar—snowflakes, grains of sand—while also pointing out the anonymity of bodies in war.
May intricately weaves together these themes and others to create a wide-ranging and surprisingly coherent debut. The magazine is endorsed by The Ohio State University, and its contents determined solely by the editorial staff. The second and second-to-last poems Hum 1 poem Hum are sestinas that share a single set of end-words: The Journal is a magazine of literature published four times yearly and supported by the Department of English, private contributions, advertisements, and sales.
The images and themes introduced in the sestinas and phobia poems recur throughout the book, adding to the impression of anxiety while re-contextualizing key words and images in surprising ways. In this desert, sand blinds the way snow did back home.
Hum is dedicated to "to the inner lives of Detroiters. Many poets have used the sestina, a traditional Italian form in which lines end with particular words that repeat according to a mathematical pattern, to explore themes of obsession or anxiety.
In these lines May makes himself vulnerable by sharing his creative process—a process of discovery in which imagination blends with memory and sensual perception—with someone he loves. Fear of Being Ignored" on one of the rare black pages in the books creates an interesting contrast between text and the physical page.
They are full of texture, bringing Detroit imagined and real into vibrant life. The physical book itself is also beautiful, with a lovely typeset. While in "The Girl Who Builds Rockets from Bricks," a girl wanders in "the caverns of deserted houses," performing "her excavation for spare parts: For example, reading "Athazagoraphobia: This heat is so heavy the fruit stands buckle and ripple like mirages, but your brother shivers" — from "Chionophpbia: Your bone-colored casket repeats its descent, sinks under the flag, and a thud resounds.
Can two snowflakes be the same on a ghost-white street where enough gather to construct faceless snowmen? Your brother shivers the way she sank to the ground, heavy with news, and your body comes home again. You can visit him at davidwinter dot net. Alice James Books, The pantoum form works perfectly here, the almost-repetition of lines reflecting the slipshod redundancy of everyday life and looping thoughts and questions that never seem to lead anywhere.
However, the function of these formal devices is not simply to impress; they build the themes of obsession and anxiety into the structure of the text itself.
Fear of Being Ignored"appear throughout the book, starting out black at first then lightening toward softer grays. Your heart is a flayed peach in a bone box.
The leaping progression of images through which we arrive at this transcendent moment not only makes rhythmic and resonant connections between disparate settings, it also reflects the fact that post-traumatic stress is often triggered by seemingly innocuous experiences.
A smattering of dark pages, each for a "phobia" poem such as Athazagoraphobia: He still hears it. How can snowflakes be unique when survival seems to depend on blinding ourselves to the individuality of the suffering and dead? But only a few lines after this framing of the poetic text as personal solace, that project is placed in jeopardy.Hum (Poem) August 14, April 22, This poem was written from a daily prompt hosted by WrittenRiver on Twitter.
I post my most popular poem for each half month here, two poems per month.
Nov 12, · Hum has ratings and 47 reviews. Lindsay said: I loved this.
It was so raw and emotional and everything I wanted in a poetry book. I've never been /5. Humanities 1 The Foundations of Western Civilization: Israel and Greece at the Revelle College UC San Diego.
Hymmnn and Hum Bom! Although we think of a poem as something read from a book, poet Allen Ginsberg knew that poetry’s power did not depend upon print, and he drew on the traditions of religious and ritual communities in writing verse that would elevate the spirit, knit together community and even, when necessary, soothe and console the mourner.
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