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By Matthew Schwartz

From The Sky contained in the Shaking Tree

What you feel

reveals you.



for the sustenance

inclined to a source,


enamored of singularity,

quickly the following and quickly


gone, shadow from which

the body's braveness comes.



apparently stumbling.


I slapped one on my leg.

Its blood glowed.


Blessings for the Hands follows quite a few speakers—often disabled audio system, who by no means as soon as determine themselves as gadgets of grievance or self-pity—through the haunted dreamscape of “normalcy.” certainly, desires are non-stop presences during this surprisingly sophisticated and stylish debut assortment that juxtaposes actual situations with the great inside lifetime of the mind's eye. the themes of Blessings for the Hands are genuine and imagined confrontations—and reconciliations—between kinfolk, neighbors, strangers, and animals. Matthew Schwartz’s quasi-autobiographical verse complicates and clarifies the sentiments ready simply beneath the styles and expectancies of the audio system’ sunlight lives, the place anger, pleasure, corporeality, and mortality all appear to collide. For Schwartz, poetry is a sleight of hand that retains the reader guessing via approximately imperceptible shifts among current imaginative and prescient and absent fact. Blessings for the Hands is a lyric reckoning of the stress among the existence we're given and the lifestyles we're decided to lead.


Blessings for the Hands is emotionally powerful and imaginatively wild, exact, deeply relocating, with out an ort of self-pity, and pervaded by means of ‘compassion right down to your fingertips’ (which Chekhov stated is ‘the merely process’ either to put in writing and to live). This perspective of imaginative and prescient is sharp sufficient to unify a lot disparate material. The poems are transparent and musical and hence a excitement to learn and reread regardless of their gravity. I imagine this can be lasting work.”—Michael Ryan



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