50/50: #3 – Poetry selections

50/50 is a series of 50-word capsule reviews I’m doing in conjunction with my pledge to read 50 books in 2012. The next 50/50 will be Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Selected Poems, James Tate (1991)

Simple sensations crawling out the vivid dark: “Here the tendons in the swans’ wings stretch / feel the tautness of their futuristic necks.” Two decades’ irony, queasy particularity: tomorrow and yesterday “immigrants with one shirt between them,” skin a lace “of salt and disease.” This “exquisite emptiness“: “ground for fine flowers.”

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