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 right here: in sunlight and earth; in various and a number of colours of orange; in trials of dad and son; in books and work; in deserted casinos; in nations faraway from domestic; and/or within the sound of a door last. 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 each person. I’m moved via 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 inside of this one. even if contemplating the casinos of Las Vegas, a fresco in Pompeii, or scenes from the Hebrew Bible, the poet endures one in all desire’s extra fraught paradoxes: its unchanging skill to convey swap, to show the identified into the unknown. those poems bravely attend to such alterations the best way Jacob—the book’s buyer saint—wrestles with the angel, 'lifting the entire flesh / that he can lose.' i like this poet who is familiar with 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: relish 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 rework us ('Sink into the bathwater, any means is a manner / to trip towards that joining'). Nicholson has develop into one of many nice poets of a brand new and radical type of pastoral."
Opening the gap among the standard and the visionary, the poems in A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire discover an intimate dating with the area, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yank Midwest. From a lime gleaming in an orchard to a unbelievable early life try out at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems floor themselves within the regular and jump for the luminous. significant to this assortment are poems that retell tales of Jacob from the previous testomony, relocated at the back of casinos, glimpsed in miniature on kitchen flooring, and heard conversing in a second of deterioration. via those retellings, Nicholson examines the construction of self, kin relationships, and a generative experience of the divine.
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