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Everything, This Near: Field Notes for the Self by Randy Lundy

I first read Randy Lundy’s Field Notes for the Self in strengthening spring light. It is a joy, because in this unexpected time of isolation, light and poetry are friends come to visit.

Measured Pleasures: Alexandra Oliver’s Let the Empire Down

Alexandra Oliver’s deeply conventional poems in Let the Empire Down report on social arrangements: family, home, neighbourhoods, work, and fitting (comfortably or otherwise) into those environments. The mode is formal, and subjects, for the most part, mundane—reading to schoolchildren, having a manicure, taking a bus or train, receiving medical test results – except for the ten poems of the book’s closing sequence, “Movies,” which recount and reframe a handful of movies by Fellini and others.