Requiem for the Orchard by Oliver de la Paz
Requiem for the Orchard , a collection of poems about the poet's childhood in small-town Oregon and his new fatherhood, has a novelistic luxuriance of description. It does not have, however, the novel's interest of plot. When a poem circles round a dominant image, as in the mesmerizing "Self-Portrait beside a Dead Chestnut Horse," the words hang together.
When an image fails to dominate with singular power, the poems lose their way. I was sorry that the terrific long poem "Requiem for the Orchard" is bro Requiem for the Orchard , a collection of poems about the poet's childhood in small-town Oregon and his new fatherhood, has a novelistic luxuriance of description. I was sorry that the terrific long poem "Requiem for the Orchard" is broken up and scattered in the book. I remember reading it as a single piece. The poem gains its power through sheer accumulation of detail, through the insistent ubi sunt.
Broken up, the poem reads like more of the same instead of more. The train of "Requiems" also clashes with the train of "Self-Portrait" poems and the train of "Eschatology" poems. The preference these days is for a book of poems to possess a kind of track, narrative or otherwise.
Done well, such a structure can make a book more than the sum of its poems. But this collection seems to have too many lines up running, and this commuter was somewhat bewildered, as a first-timer traveler might be at New York Penn Station. Molly Gutman rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Norbert rated it liked it Mar 10, Gary McDowell rated it it was amazing Mar 20, Ching-In rated it really liked it Oct 21, Tawnysha Greene rated it it was amazing Dec 22, Amy Lerman rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Tinderbox Editions rated it it was amazing May 31, Erick Piller rated it it was amazing Apr 19, Alison Pelegrin rated it really liked it Nov 12, Stephanie Schultz rated it liked it Mar 25, Al rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Sarah Sportelli rated it really liked it Mar 25, Rae rated it it was amazing Nov 28, Susan Rich rated it it was amazing May 09, Andrew Gordon rated it really liked it Jul 13, Megan rated it really liked it Jul 06, C rated it really liked it Sep 27, NickLovin Kondyles rated it it was amazing Dec 09, Joni rated it really liked it May 04, Ariana rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Sarah Marie rated it really liked it Oct 21, Grace Curtis rated it really liked it Dec 11, Nancy rated it liked it Mar 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Literary Fiction. About Oliver de la Paz. Oliver de la Paz. His most recent book is The Boy in the Labyrinth, published by the University of Akron Press which allegorically chronicles parenting sons on the Autism Spectrum through parable, myth, and academic questionnaires. Books by Oliver de la Paz. Trivia About Requiem for the O No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back.
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