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 pretty debut assortment builds a ladder firmly rooted the following: in solar and earth; in various and a number of colours of orange; in trials of pop and son; in books and work; in deserted casinos; in international locations faraway from domestic; and/or within the sound of a door remaining. Nicholson’s poems come from a guy status by way of himself, in what George Oppen known as the ‘shipwreck of the singular,’ which include each person. I’m moved through the luminous generosity, the ethical readability of this paintings. A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is information that would 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 display mystery worlds cradled within this one. no matter if contemplating the casinos of Las Vegas, a fresco in Pompeii, or scenes from the Hebrew Bible, the poet endures considered one of desire’s extra fraught paradoxes: its unchanging skill to carry switch, to show the identified into the unknown. those poems bravely attend to such differences the best way Jacob—the book’s client saint—wrestles with the angel, 'lifting all of the flesh / that he can lose.' i love this poet who is aware that blessing doesn’t arrive with out loss, who recalls 'I was once enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' an analogous candy feeling lingers lengthy after this ebook is closed. expensive reader: take pleasure in it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a stunning book. His sleek, 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 rework us ('Sink into the bathwater, any manner 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 gap 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 yank Midwest. From a lime sparkling in an orchard to a remarkable youth try out at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems floor themselves within the standard and bounce for the luminous. crucial to this assortment are poems that retell tales of Jacob from the outdated testomony, relocated at the back of casinos, glimpsed in miniature on kitchen flooring, and heard talking in a second of deterioration. via those retellings, Nicholson examines the production of self, kin 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