By David Zieroth
Throughout the publication, the observant eye of a customer witnesses the layering of heritage and the modern, and contemplates the juxtaposition of the sensible points of traveling ("noise") with emotional and religious evolution ("Nude self-portrait’"). Responding to greats reminiscent of W.H. Auden, James Joyce and Albrecht Dürer, the speaker expresses how viewing international paintings or listening to strange tune can spark a brand new understanding, not just of overseas tradition, yet of the expression of lifestyles and the human condition.
The poems mood the excessive with the low, reflecting the numerous dualities of wanderlust. Stately houses are contrasted with war-scarred structure, and sleepless nights, crowded trains and overlooked connections offset literature and symphony. "Berlin Album" displays at the stains the earlier has left on modern day Germany: "church bells at 6:00 p.m. / from spires on Borsigstrasse / move an iron sound via rippled home windows / so my physique vibrates, and recalls / bullet holes in stone partitions alongside the Spree." "on first listening to Mahler’s 5th" echoes that musical composition to reflect and evoke life’s tune and "weeds grew whereas i used to be away" describes the surprise of returning domestic with the expectancy of stasis simply to discover that issues have changed.
Attentive, humble and expertly crafted, Albrecht Dürer and me is a go back and forth diary rife with evocative photo, sensory element and eloquent mirrored image, narrated with a good, mature voice.
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