NEW ORLEANS VARIATIONS & PARIS OUROBOROS

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FIRST AND LAST THINGS AT THE CROISSANT D’OR

Knowledge without courage
is sterile, Gracian

calls out from his Jesuit cell
as if to warn us against

what the age of reason
never realized

that the world might become
so crowded with proofs

there’d be nothing left to feed
its hungry mouths

starving for mystery
or the will to rise refreshed

from a sleep so thoroughly

soaked in after-birth

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ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING BEST POETRY AWARD 2012

ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING BEST POETRY AWARD 2012

 
. . . a magnanimity of vision that touches myths, rituals and philosophies, that garners pasts, presences and absences, that engenders probabilities, realities and impossibilities...

As Paul Pines moves through two cities he reminds us that “We go where we must to find / what we need.” And what he finds is plenty – plenty in all senses and for all the senses. From poems that hang out in the crazy costumes, poignant hilarities, and irreverent reverences of Mardi Gras, to those that fly with hermes over the roofs of Paris, explore light with Monet and Pissarro, and walk graveyards in the wake of Apollinaire – this book brims, seethes, teems, with qi, duende, life. here is a magnanimity of vision that touches myths, rituals and philosophies, that garners pasts, presences and absences, that engenders probabilities, realities and impossibilities. Encompassing space-travel, dream-travel and mind-travel, here is an immense, vibrant, moving canvas.
— Richard Berengarten