Craig Morgan Teicher
Threshold Songs (Wesleyan Poetry Series)
by Peter Gizzi
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Peter Gizzi’s poems have always walked a line between stylized opacity and friendly, if melancholy, accessibility, enacting an argument about whether language is esoteric or generic, personal or public, our salvation from commerce or hopelessly commodified. This argument is at the heart of much contemporary poetry, but for Gizzi it also represents an interior struggle between the need to disclose emotion with words and the need to hide it behind words. The interplay between these two ideas has never been stronger than in his new collection, Threshold Songs, in which the author is haunted by the deaths of his brother, the poet Michael Gizzi, and his parents. The central question here is whether words can do anything to share the burden of, or protect the self from, the pain of loss.
Gizzi is clawing at time in
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