LEE GLANTZ: A HOUSE ON HER BACK
94 Sandy Point Farm Road
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|LEE GLANTZ: A HOUSE ON HER BACK|
Nine poems suggest a careful selection and the title suggests a weight of domesticity that a poem called ODE TO MY VACUUM CLEANER does nothing to dispel, yet this poem contains the image:
... quivering, tense, barely able to contain your electric energy — a filly restrained at the starting gate raring to let loose, muscles twitching, —hooves straining to slap the track...which suggests an interesting turn until it's reeled back in by:
...moving as one entity in the natural rhythm of old couples comfortable with one another...That word 'comfortable' also fits SISTER TURTLE
...When my children were small, I tried to protect them from harm. I warned: don't fight, don't play in the street, don't talk to strangers. Of course, they fought, played in the street, talked to strangers. They stumbled, blundered, erred, entangled themselves in mind-boggling snares, yet with good fortune, survived...which weakens the attempted analogy between children and young turtles who are up against considerably harsher odds. Perhaps the truth got in the way, but I would have preferred at least one of the two children to have battled a life-threatening disease or survived a near-fatal accident.
SHE HAD FRIENDS WHO WERE FUR AND TEETH sounds intriguing:
... Sometimes they confused her for a pet, ordering her to fetch, shake hands, play dead. Sometimes they pulled weeds from her garden and scattered them on her rugs. Other times they emptied soil and flowers from her terra cotta pots. They loathed her because she was weak. She had friends who were fur and teeth...but also seems stifled by the house on her back. What's required is more BLISS with it's arresting final image:
...How close the words mirage and marriage.
|reviewer: Emma Lee.|