A Matinee in Plato's Cave

Rob Griffith

Editore: Water Press and Media, 2008
ISBN 10: 0974452467 / ISBN 13: 9780974452463
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Riassunto: "Drenched in place like James Dickey, and writing with the grace of Phillip Larkin, Rob Griffith has produced a moving and original book. It's all here: Adam forgetting the names of things when he finds himself without Eve; Livia poisoning Caesar by climbing into 'his fig tree's black arms' and 'lacquering every fig with poison'; the high school reunion attendee learning that 'a dream deferred/ sometimes wears too much makeup / and drives a purple El Camino.' These poems are wise in the ways of the world. They present, with subtlety and suppleness, the situations in which we learn and relearn what it means to be human. Every reader will give A Matinee in Plato's Cave two big thumbs up." -- Beth Ann Fennelly

Review: Violence and tenderness coexist uneasily--as well they should--in Rob Griffith's marvelous book. A housewife watches an airman fall from the sky, a bankrupt minister kills himself, a pair of woozy lovers find a bleak moment of truth in the back seat of a rusty Monte Carlo--these are the vignettes from lives hanging in the balance artfully depicted in A Matinee in Plato's Cave. Maneuvering deftly through such demanding forms as the villanelle, rondeau, and sonnet, Griffith has produced a debut volume to remember. --R.S. Gwynn --R.S. Gwynn

A Matinee in Plato's Cave weaves biography, history, music, and legend into poems that teach us how to leave 'dreaming and face the world.' Juxtaposing poems about death with those about love, about life, Griffith allows us to enter other lives through an abundance of sensual detail. With subjects as varied as Livia lacquering figs with poison to kill Caesar, a pastor who hangs himself because he used church money to bet on dogs or running over frogs in Arkansas, Griffith uses words to 'sluice the body down to bone.' Struggling with 'the basic inability of parables or poems to reveal our full flesh,' he describes watching girls dance in The Kudzu Kitten, a wedding proposal during the seventh inning stretch of a baseball game, and a swan abandoned by its mate because he has lost a wing. Knowing that the world will not be tamed, this impressive collection stays centered on human experience. Rob Griffith's compelling poems cleave the heart and then teach it how to heal. -- Vivian Shipley --Vivian Shipley

Rob Griffith's poems have the marvelous quality of belonging comfortably to our day and at the same time to the priceless past. Reading them, one could be listening to a story or a confession in a bar room, hearing almost accidental pattern and rhyme that enrich the telling without suggesting the classroom. Yes. -- Miller Williams --Miller Williams

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Titolo: A Matinee in Plato's Cave
Casa editrice: Water Press and Media
Data di pubblicazione: 2008
Condizione libro: very good

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