By Rick Hilles
The poems that make up A Map of the misplaced World diversity from tightly-wrought shorter lyrics to longer autobiographical narratives to styles of homage (in a number of varieties) of poets that Hilles admires and emulates (including Richard Hugo, James Wright, James Merrill and Larry Levis) to prolonged voice-driven meditations, one within the voice of a German Jewish lady, a prisoner who might get away a French focus camp and move directly to struggle within the French resistance, to different efforts to confront historical past and never be wolfed via heritage, and to find, even resuscitate, acquaintances misplaced to loss of life, if purely provisionally; even though every one poem in A Map of the misplaced World is extremely crafted and diversely rendered, during this assortment, every one poem reveals its unifying impulse in it’s maker’s wish to span significant distances to arrive family, loved others, a number of the households of associates, fueled by means of a nearly gymnastic mind's eye that vaults itself into virtually any space—going to just about any length—sustained via many of the types of love, which, finally, can be as shut as any people has come (in this or any existence) to figuring out and warming ourselves, if now not additionally every now and then being scalded through, the immortal fires of the Infinite.
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A Map of the Lost World (Pitt Poetry Series) by Rick Hilles