By Susan Stewart
In her long-awaited fourth booklet of poetry, Susan Stewart supplies us a chain of most suitable, numinous poems approximately truths realized with the brain yet let loose throughout the senses. Modeled at the seventeenth-century perform of century varieties, or books of 1 hundred pages, Columbarium expresses the bond among the dwelling and the useless in voices of mother or father to baby, lover to loved, and mortal to the gods. The publication arrives as a meditative present from one in all our most dear poet-critics.
Stewart frames her Columbarium with 4 poems reminiscent of the elements-to their damaging and inventive facets and to their roles within the human and greater than human worlds. either nest and crypt, the book's middle holds an alphabet of "shadow georgics," poems of guide and doubt that hyperlink wisdom and the subconscious. Questions of mortality, of goodness and anguish, and of the fragility and tool of reminiscence animate those poems. in a single poem an apple calls the narrator again from the lifeless to get pleasure from the echoes of its forms in fantasy and literature. In one other, the seeds of a pear tree exhibit the fundamental solidarity that makes the variety of life possible.
Stewart's Columbarium is either a memorial to the lifeless and a testomony to life.