Theaim of this essay is to provide analysis of the following books:Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,by Ross Gay, TheHub,by C-dale young and TheInfinitesimals,by Laura kasischke.
Catalogof Unabashed Gratitude,by Ross Gay
Thereis a likelihood of expression in the Catalogof Unabashed Gratitude,but there is unquestionably no tearfulness, no syrup sentimentalism.The collection of Ross Gay is not all about finding gratitude for thethings that people take for granted but refers to the declaration ofaffection for the world we live in (Gay,2015).Similarly, the most ordinary things attain profound significance andare capable of conveying reflections on gender, sexuality, and race.The aspect of buttoning one’s shirt makes the readers mind to thinkabout the fragility of things. That gives a reflection on howsatisfying it is to sleep in one’s clothes off into a disconcertingcontemplation that does not shy away from absolute darkness(Gay, 2015).
Underneatha concealment of sparkling joy, elusive defamiliarization is at workat some section of the poem, and the restful awareness of sleep isdispersed by the consideration of death and vehemence. Alternatively,this sense of an impending threat is in turn dissipated or muted asthe poem comes to an end that traces its way back to the space of thegarden which is associated with miracles (Gay,2015).Gay is highly acquainted on how death and life work together, andthey are within the human body and the garden. This poem can beviewed as a factory where everything works to make things grow. Forinstance, Gay remembered how he placed his father’s ash on theroots of the plum tree (Gay,2015).
Inthe event of harvesting, the spirit of his father seemed to havesaturated the fruit itself, from ash to branch to plum and thatsignify the paternal presence. As the poem comes to a conclusion,“last will and testament” the poet supplicates to be dismemberedimmediately after his death and spread across the garden to be partof renewing force in the soil (Gay,2015).
TheHalo,by Young C-Dale
TheHalofocuses on critical issues in the society such as faith and religion,mysticism and divinity, perversion and purity. One thing that we mustbear in mind is that the obvious is never evident. As a human naturewe are constrained always to see more, and always want to see more.Interestingly, the poem revolves around Roman and Greek myths,Christianity, fairy tales, folklore and Western philosophy, and art. For instance, a paralyzed man who learns to walk again and a womantransforms into a tree(Young, 2016).
Thenarration is about a young man who had a spinal injury accident, andhe is forced to spend his time in the hospital with a medical devicearound his head. The young man perceived the device as a halo.Additionally, the man develops imaginary wings and contemplates onthe nature of love and lust, memory, the indecisiveness of the Godsand the variations of comical book mythology. This collectionreveals the skills of Young with varied forms and repetition. Forinstance, the poem keeps reflecting on the same questions, images andproblems relentlesslyYoung, 2016).
Youngnarrates to his audience his personal struggles to come to terms withthe truths of his body and the world in which he lives in. Throughhis book the author maneuvers between the past traumas and how theyhave affected his present. For example, as a boy, he learned how toavoid danger and fear and as an adult struggling to recover fromspinal injury. In his style of writing Young wants the readers totake these experiences literally. Finally, most of the things of theworld remain hidden, and science cannot illuminate dark cornersespecially those of the mind (Young,2016).
TheInfinitesimals,by Laura Kasischke
InTheInfinitesimals,it is evident that Kasischke stares obstinately at illness, kindness,mercy, suffering and magical thinking at life. As a reader itpossible to share the poet’s love, confusion, regrets, outrage andamazing vision. In the last book of poetry, titled TheInfinitesimalsshe uses her skills and knowledge to build her poetic narrative layerby layer, never in a candid manner. The kind of the world she createdin her book is sensual and strange almost but not quite familiar. The contradictory impulses employed in the narrative, keep the poemanxiously alive(Kasischke, 2014).
Thereis a repetition of images and phrases, but they are contained withinnew contexts so as to trigger moments of new illumination.Remarkably, the readers are not able to emerge from the dark forestof the poet’s tale. Conversely, in case the reader appears, then itis entirely different from the one who entered the book (Kasischke,2014). For instance, the child abandoned by the parents in the woods, itupon the audiences to envision about his survival. In the book,Infinitesimalscreate memories of the readers to think how tiny things are in thecenter of author’s attention. One can reflect whether they arecells in the body that can form a life and sometimes they canmalfunction causing death or diseases (Kasischke,2014).
Throughoutthe book, Kasischke has managed to unfold rich figuration time andagain and some of his figures used to speak for a moment. On theother side, some figures have the capacity, to sum up, life at oncein affection, effort and surrounded by cosmic futility. From thebook, all kind of life is not depicted by kasischke manage to bringseveral stages of life such as caregiver, childhood, teenage,self-definition and responsible motherhood (Kasischke,2014).
Thisanalysis is very helpful as it gives insights on various ways thatauthors can employ to convey their messages through poem. This cangreatly help upcoming poet’s on how to use various styles suchrepetition to make their work interesting.
Gay,R. (2015). Catalogof Unabashed Gratitude.Pittsburgh:Universityof Pittsburgh Press.
Kasischke,L (2014). Theinfinitesimals.Copper Canyon press.
YoungC. Dale (2016). TheHalo.http://hyphenmagazine.com/blog/2016/03/books-halo-c-dale-young
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