By Nate Klug
Where I-95 meets The Pike,
a ponderous thunderhead flowered—
stewed a minute, then flipped
like a flash card, tattered
edges crinkling in, linings so dark
with over the top bright
that, status, ready, on the overpass edge,
the onlooker couldn’t decide
until the top, or perhaps then,
what was once published and what have been hidden.
Using numerous types and attaining more than a few musical results, Nate Klug’s Anyone strains the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenes—natural and family, political and religious—across America’s East and Midwest. The book’s name foregrounds the anonymity it seeks via numerous potential: first, via shut remark (a concrete observed, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, moment, through translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely between modern poetry volumes, Anyone demonstrates fluency within the paradoxes of a spiritual life: “To stand someday / open air my religion . . . or preserve ready / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics yet by no means abstruse, the entire whereas the poems stay grounded within the extraordinary, actual global of “what it really is to consider: / moods, part moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”
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