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 in the back of it. In those poems attractiveness is simply as prone to be came upon on a radioactive atoll as within the existential questions raised through The Matrix.
Asylum is a piece excited about giving voice to the displaced—both actual and fictional. In "some refrains Sam might have performed had he been requested" the piano participant from Casablanca is fleshed out in methods the movie didn’t enable. 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 extensive meditative query of the individual’s lifestyles relating to the next fact, no matter if interpreting rituals or wondering, "Where is it written that we should always are looking to be saved?" finally, Asylum reveals a haven through now not taking a look away.
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