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The Waters Under the Earth [Paperback]

By Robert Siegel (Author)
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Pages   134
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.29"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 23, 2008
Publisher   Canon Press
ISBN  1591280303  
EAN  9781591280309  


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The London Times LS described Robert Siegel's poetry as "unpretentious versatility" like "returning to the mainland after a tour of the islands." In this latest collection of poems, Siegel brings his remarkable range and technical mastery to bear on the mysteries of creation-wolves, slugs, moles, fireworks, mowing-all through a haunting a weave of mythical themes.

Publishers Description
"Siegel's imagination is excited by the nonhuman world, and he writes about plants and animals with surprising immediacy.... A compassionate observer...he looks at them as mysterious and wonderful signs of a greater order." -Dana Gioia, in Poetry The London Times LS described Robert Siegel's poetry as "unpretentious versatility" like "returning to the mainland after a tour of the islands." In this latest collection of poems, Siegel brings his remarkable range and technical mastery to bear on the mysteries of creation-wolves, slugs, moles, fireworks, mowing-all through a haunting a weave of mythical themes. Robert Siegel is the author of eight books of poetry and fiction, including In A Pig's Eye, The Beasts & the Elders, and The Ice at the End of the World. His poetry has received a number of prizes and awards from Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Books & Culture, the Friends of Literature, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the NEA, and elsewhere. He formerly directed the graduate creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is professor emeritus of English. He lives near the coast of Maine with his wife, Ann.

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The Slow Omega of His Mouth  Mar 28, 2006

The poetry of Robert Siegel is human in the only meaningful way, that of giving voice to the voiceless. In its small center of vocabulary, in its repetition of the recognized elements of the world, his poetry is a routine, weighing every new thing in the light of the old and well known. He rises from the mundane yet never in escape, for he is always oriented to this world in a sort of benediction for the next.

The world of Robert Siegel is full of moons and mirrors: "Some kind of universe turns here." (Walden Communion), "Something surrounds us/ we have to lose everything else to find." (The Surgeon After Hours), "Tomatoes, peaches, even the crumbs// on the table grew heavy with meaning" (The Annunciation). All things work together to reflect a greater meaning, the mouth's "slow omega" (Cow Burning), an "ultimate vowel" (Canoe at Evening), "rich with a word you cannot own." (Daddy Long Legs).

Many of his strongest poems come from the fourth section where he speaks for the animals, giving a reflection of their glories. Here's how he describes the silverfish: "a sinuous trireme, delicate and indecent// sexual and cleopatric" and the mole: "I am a prophet/ my eyes white and sealed". The poems in the collection move from a series on fishing to "Levity", a bio of St. Joseph of Cupertino who was well known in his day for floating above the earth in rapturous fits, from feeding pigs to "Carrying the Father" the final poem on carrying the legacy and memory of a father, the breadth of subjects is matched in its language with subtle lines and underplayed meanings.

The book has its share of misses and missteps. He has a tendency to overuse repetition to convey precise moments, such as: "again and again", "round and round", "here and here", "on and on", "over and over" (used in four different poems). Clunky images include "stiff as nickels in the dawn", "the dandruff of angels" (describing snow), and "Red of the firetruck in the night" (describing primary red). None of these miscalculations are unforgivable and certainly pale in the face of its strengths.

The "Waters Under the Earth" pursues the mystery abounding in the world and Robert Siegel is relentless in seeing it everywhere, like the man who is reminded of his lover by every object or the mystic who cannot even close his eyes without seeing the face of God, he rehearses for us the small wonders of earth and sky.
 

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