Winter 2002 • Vol. XXIV No. 1 Book Reviews |

To Feel an Idea

Swarm by Jone Graham. New York: Harper Trade, 2001. 128 pp. $14.00.   And out of what one sees and hears and out Of what one feels, who could have thought to make So many selves, so many sensuous worlds, As if the air, the mid-day air, was swarming With the metaphysical changes that occur, Merely in living as and where we live. —Wallace Stevens, "Esthétique du Mal" In one of Jorie Graham's earliest poems, "The Geese," from Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts, she writes about "a feeling the body gives the mind of having missed something" (38). I know this feeling when I read her poems; you may have experienced it. Readers of Graham's work are often moved by her poems even while finding that the language is difficult—hard to process because it is abstract, but easy to feel in its urgency, its music, its expansiveness and baroque diction. There is a reason you might experience, in her poems, this feeling of the mind frantically outrunning the body, or the body reach

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Joanna Klink is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Nightfields. She teaches at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

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