GLEN SORESTAD: BLOOD BONE ICE & STONE
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|GLEN SORESTAD: BLOOD BONE ICE & STONE|
Glen Sorestad continues his poetic journey, seeking his family roots in Norway, capturing the small epiphanies in nature as he travels, or shaping the memories of those he has met and befriended. Sorestad's poems always reach for the dance of language, delivering a subtle clarity and overwhelming honesty of voice. As J.M.Bridgeman writes
Sorestad honours the ordinary in his poetry ... helps us see the meaning in everyday rituals.Glen Sorestad has been publishing his work for over thirty years and has five previous collections currently in print. This collection follows the familiar territory of his saga. A journey we are invited to share. We find him excavating his ancestral roots in DREAMING MY GRANDFATHER'S DREAMS:
In the house of my father's father, where this mountain stillness tucked round him like a quilt, I drift off to sleep, Dream ancestral dreams ... In the house of his childhood I dream my grandfather's dreams And I am a child as well.Later in KVIKNE IN RAIN:
I try to imagine my grandfather, Ellend Lien, born here amid sheep bleat and cattle bawl, born beneath the overhang of brooding mountains whose names I do not know ... With each gravestone name I utter, I taste the blood of my past; ... In this rain-spattered graveyard ... I find my history carved in stone.Sorestad is at one with nature in a world inhabited by blue herons, bald eagles, snow geese and magpies; all part of his past and of his future. His world is full of memories. The tension of a Brubeck concert in BRUBECK AT SEVENTY-SIX, where the pianist metamorphoses from
His slight frame is frail, hair turned Artic white. His walk is slow, careful as if the stage were ice. ... his whole being gathers fire. With the first clarion notes, jazz is pulsing in the veins, fingers flit across the keys. Each concert he ever played flows in his blood tonight.In THE SAX MAN too we feel the same strength as:
The sax man blows out the sun and lights up a riff of stars. He rocks black spruce to sleep, the night awake and the wind to rest. ... The sax man blows the quarter-moon Down to waft above his shoulder. Wan birches and dark spruce tilt To gather his notes like gems. The sax man blows stars to dance.In THE DANCING MAN OF SANTA ELENA, we meet an old man and a young girl dancing across the cantina floor of time.
the dancing man and the little Mexican girl move against heat and stillness, move to the lilt of their voicesó dance through ages, dance against time.and this is the journey Sorestad is taking, he is the poet dancing through ages, in a dance against time.
|reviewer: John Cartmel-Crossley|