Clayfeld Holds On by Robert Pack PDF

By Robert Pack

ISBN-10: 022630342X

ISBN-13: 9780226303420

from “Clayfeld’s Farewell Epistle to Bob Pack”


            underneath this mellow harvest moon,

I can nonetheless photo you—a boy content

just fishing along with his father from a ledge

above a foaming movement. The flailing trout

you stuck is packed in glowing ice;

the red stripe all alongside its side

is smeared throughout black glossy dots

that appear to shine with their very own light.

            I’m certain for you to photograph me

with equivalent vividness, and notwithstanding we’re not

identical, there's a sense

in which i'm inventing you

as a lot as you’re inventing me.


In Clayfeld Holds On, Robert Pack bargains his readers a entire portrait of his longtime protagonist Clayfeld, who's additionally Pack’s doppelgänger, his exchange self, enacting either the existence that the poet has lived and the lifestyles he may need lived, given his proclivities and appetites. Poet and protagonist, taken jointly, are self and awareness of self, the historic self and the adorned tale of that literal self.

            Written with a masterly ear for rhythm, and interweaving narrative and lyrical passages, the poems recount Clayfeld’s formative thoughts whereas exploring innovations equivalent to loyalty, generosity, dedication, in addition to cosmic phenomena resembling the large bang thought and black holes. via all of this, Pack makes an attempt to discover goal and which means in an detached universe, and to discover the labyrinth of his personal proliferating identity.

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