By Matthew Schwartz

ISBN-10: 0226740943

ISBN-13: 9780226740942

ISBN-10: 0226740951

ISBN-13: 9780226740959

ISBN-10: 0226740978

ISBN-13: 9780226740973

From The Sky contained in the Shaking Tree

What you feel
reveals you.
for the sustenance
inclined to a source,
enamored of singularity,
quickly right here 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 fingers follows a variety of 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, goals are non-stop presences during this strangely sophisticated and chic debut assortment that juxtaposes actual conditions with the significant inside lifetime of the mind's eye. the topics of Blessings for the palms are actual and imagined confrontations—and reconciliations—between relatives, associates, 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 strain among the existence we're given and the lifestyles we're made up our minds to lead.
Blessings for the Hands is emotionally robust and imaginatively wild, designated, deeply relocating, with out an ort of self-pity, and pervaded via ‘compassion all the way down to your fingertips’ (which Chekhov acknowledged is ‘the purely procedure’ either to jot down and to live). This perspective of imaginative and prescient is sharp adequate to unify a lot disparate material. The poems are transparent and musical and therefore a excitement to learn and reread regardless of their gravity. I imagine this can be lasting work.”—Michael Ryan

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I show my sister how to crease the edges neatly with her nail, how any shape you cut replicates where it folds, and you can’t know how the whole thing looks until you tease it open. We sweep tiny shapes from the floor, missing the actual snow, the ice that makes the daylight brighter. Our father wants a picture. Frozen branches, covered roads. Hannah listens for where the snow goes when it melts. She folds a swan to glide in the lake of her hand. • 38 • My G ran dp are nt s’ G r i e f They called my father by his dead brother’s name.

I didn’t know that was you rustling in the upstairs window. You didn’t know I was listening— dissembler, aberration, wellspring, laughing with me in the luminous room, where I’ll say your name and you’ll find me unsurprised. • 45 • Climbing Sometimes you walk with such restless joy, I wonder what you look like asleep. In our long strides up to the trail, all we’ve never said or gotten done in sleep, in the spaces where we live. This is where you held an old girlfriend. These signs tell us the names of birds.

The ogre buries fear so far inside your body that you need to unearth it from his underground house. The walls stink from the effort of his sneer, your dearest effort shed, not in the body anymore but for it, not in fear anymore but for it. Desire for desire, creature for creature, put your ear to the ground, the tree, the air, to what you were convinced you couldn’t hear, and listen— • 25 • Lightness I hadn’t noticed the cricket until everything was quiet. It became a massive note I could never find, and carried me.

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