By Robert Wrigley
A robust new assortment from an award-winning poet Robert Wrigley has develop into considered one of his generation's such a lot complete poets, popular for his irony, strength, and lucid sort and for his skill to fuse narrative and lyrical impulses. Like its namesake—Robert Burton's seventeenth-century exam of human options and emotions—Wrigley's new assortment ability to envision our international during the lens of melancholia. From imagined conflict memorials to insomniac chickens; from Descartes' misplaced daughter to a dreaming tree; from King Kong to hurry Limbaugh; and from Anna Karenina to a guy named Lucy Doolin (short for Lucifer), those are poems that elegize and have fun that almost all attractive, exasperating, joyous, depressing, and completely imperfect of all creatures—the person.
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O, Doamne, cât aş vrea să ştiu, eu, într-o zi, cât am să scriu? Mircea Ionescu-Quintus At Jilava I read on a wall, scrawled in blood: “locked here for eight years,” and saw you, brave and silent, humble scribe unknown. Below, on the same wall, engraved: “five years and six months I stayed,” and as I stared at gates and walls there were but years, and months, and lives. I read on a wall, scrawled in blood, I was locked up, I was locked up . . Oh God, how I want to know what tally, one day, will I scrawl?
They were intended to record and to witness the gruesome acts of repression and totalitarian rule that Eastern European peoples, Romanians included, endured beneath the oppressive and profoundly inhuman political regime forcibly installed by the “liberating” Red Army. For a long time I thought I would be unable to survive the hellish conditions in the labor camps at the Danube–Black Sea Canal, and therefore I began to record, by memory and on scraps of paper found in the trash, the facts that needed to be made known to my wife and son, and to all those on the outside.
The frogs and crickets have started to chatter, at lake edge the rushes rustle; nothing endures from the day’s bustle but the black bird cawing his broken vespers From “Rex” over there float jazzy strains like notes suspended on a wire stave, like the renewed memory of an old pain, like the first thrill of a late love. Tracers and stars play in the night vagabond rest takes a chilly seat the whispered stories lie awake the stones, asleep with their snouts in the lake. 1 Lake in southeastern Romania.
Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Wrigley