By Andrew S. Nicholson
"In Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire, what's such a lot alive is colour, that which provides itself freely, generously: ‘Follow the hopeful as they eco-friendly the day’ (‘My storage Fills with an Ever-Increasing variety of Dandelions’). Threaded all through with Genesis, in which Jacob wrestles an angel, this beautiful debut assortment builds a ladder firmly rooted the following: in solar and earth; in various and a number of colors of orange; in trials of dad and son; in books and work; in deserted casinos; in international locations faraway from domestic; and/or within the sound of a door final. Nicholson’s poems come from a guy status by means of himself, in what George Oppen known as the ‘shipwreck of the singular,’ inclusive of every body. I’m moved via the luminous generosity, the ethical readability of this paintings. A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is information that might remain news.”
—Claudia Keelan, writer of The Devotion Field, Missing Her, and O, Heart
"'Who doesn’t nurse a mystery love?' asks Andrew S. Nicholson in visionary poems that show mystery worlds cradled within this one. even if contemplating the casinos of Las Vegas, a fresco in Pompeii, or scenes from the Hebrew Bible, the poet endures one among desire’s extra fraught paradoxes: its unchanging skill to deliver switch, to show the recognized into the unknown. those poems bravely attend to such ameliorations the best way Jacob—the book’s consumer saint—wrestles with the angel, 'lifting all of the flesh / that he can lose.' i like this poet who is aware that blessing doesn’t arrive with no loss, who recalls 'I was once enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' a similar candy feeling lingers lengthy after this ebook is closed. expensive reader: get pleasure from it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a beautiful book. His swish, playful poems enchant us ('I try and make out the stranger’s face, yet he’s shrinking: / a melting grey blur, an ever-smaller thorn.') and remodel us ('Sink into the bathwater, any method is a fashion / to trip towards that joining'). Nicholson has develop into one of many nice poets of a brand new and radical form of pastoral."
Opening the distance among the normal and the visionary, the poems in A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire discover an intimate dating with the realm, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yankee Midwest. From a lime sparkling in an orchard to a extraordinary adolescence try at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems flooring themselves within the typical and jump for the luminous. primary to this assortment are poems that retell tales of Jacob from the previous testomony, relocated in the back of casinos, glimpsed in miniature on kitchen flooring, and heard conversing in a second of degradation. via those retellings, Nicholson examines the construction of self, kinfolk relationships, and a generative experience of the divine.
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A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire (Mountain West Poetry Series) by Andrew S. Nicholson