Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series) by Henrietta Goodman

By Henrietta Goodman

With intimacy and intensity of perception, Henrietta Goodman’s Hungry Moon indicates paradox because the most simple mode of understanding ourselves and the area. we'd like starvation, the poems argue, but additionally delight. we want discomfort to understand pleasure, pleasure to grasp soreness. we have to guard ourselves, but in addition to take dangers. notwithstanding the poems are drawn from own adventure, Goodman stocks the conviction of such poets as Anne Sexton and Louise Glück that after the poet writes of the self, the self can't be exempt from culpability. Goodman’s speaker levels via time and locale—from exploring the adventure of flying in a small aircraft along with her lover/pilot over the panorama of the yank West to addressing the grief and retrospective self-scrutiny that come up from a friend’s loss of life. just like the paintings of Mark Doty and Tony Hoagland, Goodman’s poems include concrete particularity, entangled because it is with imperfection and loss: “the Quik Stop’s refrigerator filled with sandwiches and small bottles of farm animals vaccines,” “the black, hammer-struck moon of your thumb,” “the empty water tower, one rusted panel kicked in like a door.”

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