Breeze, John Latta

Themes and thoughts in a connective tissue of images. Closely controlled almost formal feel. Frank O'Hara / Robert Duncan echos.

Latta gives equal importance to following perceptions and to following the shapes of the poem's construction and associative turns, even when these elements come into conflict.

"rhythm, unavoidable, makes a ratio"

A few separate modes at work here, I prefer the lighter poems that juggle particulars, rather than the ones that come to conclusions.

Interestingly uncomfortable and distinctly crafted rapture-textures.

At moments the poems push into an almost mystical over-expansiveness as a way of resolving tensions, just when I'm wanting him to go deeper into the tensions....

"lines of distress and conjecture"

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