Jack Spicer

“Poems should echo and re-echo against each other,” Spicer wrote. “They should create resonances. They cannot live alone any more than we can.” The poetry and prose of After Lorca echo not only among themselves but with that of the Spanish poet whom they alternately address and ventriloquize. Spicer’s serial method allowed him to weave a dense mesh of myth, metaphor, literary allusion and searing emotional candor through his text while letting each line stand brutally blunt–almost physically perspicuous–to the point where it could be mistaken for something artless. As a result, his books have a structural concision that protects them from the self-indulgent longueurs as well as the ostentatious erudition that sometimes mar the Modernist epics.


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