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Topic: Anouk H. Henri

Against Equations: Bruce Meyer’s The Arrow of Time

In Meyer’s latest collection, the universe is an orderly one, home to the perfection of snowflakes and sunflowers that correspond to mathematical laws such as the Fibonacci sequence. Even the sun, moon and stars are “measured complications,” as though the product of a sky-dwelling watchmaker. The complexity of human relationship is mostly hinted at. Meyer focuses on the workings of existence; he makes a poetry of seeking answers, carefully piecing together experience and line as in the poem “Jigsaw” where the narrator invites us to “to put the moment together.”