I really enjoyed this volume of poetry. As with many other collections, I found it in a store that sells new and used books…a favorite haunt of mine in Colorado Springs, Poor Richard’s.
As noted on the back cover, “John Chávez, leads readers through a ‘slow dissolve,’ the unpacking and re-packing of self that must take place before healing can begin. Fusing language poetry, lyric, and narrative, Chávez
tips words and images on their heads and invites readers to reexamine people and places that are at once familiar and utterly unfamiliar.”
Here is an example from “The Spoils & the Wreckage”:
I’m before, I’m always, I’m never—
had I razed the corners of myself, I’d wade far out
in the flowering dusk. I’d write something
disappeared in me …
I’d become pliable as a dream, so we might sleep
that our bodies will arrive like sunrise.
city of slow dissolve, John Chávez, University of New Mexico Press, 2012; Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry series.