By Andrew S. Nicholson
"In Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire, what's so much alive is colour, that which supplies 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 colors 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 remaining. Nicholson’s poems come from a guy status by means of himself, in what George Oppen referred to as the ‘shipwreck of the singular,’ including each person. I’m moved through the luminous generosity, the ethical readability of this paintings. A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is information that might 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 demonstrate 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 one in every of desire’s extra fraught paradoxes: its unchanging skill to carry swap, to show the identified into the unknown. those poems bravely attend to such modifications the best way Jacob—the book’s buyer 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 no loss, who recollects 'I used to be enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' an analogous candy feeling lingers lengthy after this e-book is closed. expensive reader: relish it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a stunning book. His sleek, playful poems enchant us ('I attempt to 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 approach is a fashion / 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 realm, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yank Midwest. From a lime sparkling in an orchard to a fantastic youth test at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems floor themselves within the normal and jump for the luminous. significant 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 construction of self, relations relationships, and a generative feel of the divine.
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