By Andrew S. Nicholson
"In Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire, what's so much 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 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 nations faraway from domestic; and/or within the sound of a door remaining. Nicholson’s poems come from a guy status through himself, in what George Oppen referred to as the ‘shipwreck of the singular,’ including every person. I’m moved by way of 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 exhibit mystery worlds cradled within 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 every of desire’s extra fraught paradoxes: its unchanging skill to convey 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 the entire flesh / that he can lose.' i love this poet who is aware that blessing doesn’t arrive with no loss, who recalls 'I used to be enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' an analogous candy feeling lingers lengthy after this publication is closed. pricey reader: get pleasure from it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a stunning 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 remodel us ('Sink into the bathwater, any method is a manner / to trip towards that joining'). Nicholson has turn into one of many nice poets of a brand new and radical form of pastoral."
Opening the distance among the normal and the visionary, the poems in A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire discover an intimate courting with the realm, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yankee Midwest. From a lime sparkling in an orchard to a amazing youth try 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 outdated testomony, relocated in the back of casinos, glimpsed in miniature on kitchen flooring, and heard conversing in a second of degradation. via those retellings, Nicholson examines the production of self, relations relationships, and a generative experience of the divine.
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