Throughout his award-winning career, Bruce Weigl has proven himself to be a poet of extraordinary emotional acuity and consummate craftsmanship. In The Abundance of Nothing, these qualities are on full display, animating and informing poems that combine rich, metaphoric imagery with direct, powerful language. Deftly weaving history and everyday experience, Weigl transporThroughout his award-winning career, Bruce Weigl has proven himself to be a poet of extraordinary emotional acuity and consummate craftsmanship. In The Abundance of Nothing, these qualities are on full display, animating and informing poems that combine rich, metaphoric imagery with direct, powerful language. Deftly weaving history and everyday experience, Weigl transports readers from the front lines of the Vietnam War and all the tangled cultural and emotional scenes of that time to the slow winds of the American Midwest that softly ease the voice of the veteran returning home. Though the poems struggle with themes of mortality and illness, violence and forgiveness, the poet’s voice never wavers in its meditative calm, poise, and compassion. Elegiac yet agile, ethereal yet embodied, The Abundance of Nothing is a work of searching openness, generous insight, and remarkable grace....
|Title||:||The Abundance of Nothing: Poems|
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The Abundance of Nothing: Poems Reviews
I've read most of Weigl's work, but this new book is so stunning and deeply wise, it took my breath away. Even if you think Viet Nam is not a subject you want to visit or revisit, even if you believe illness is depressing, please read this book. It speaks to our humanness with devastating honesty. I will go back to it again and again in order to never forget.
Weigl has proven again the beauty of not flinching in the flash of what makes us as a species horrible and beautiful simultaneously in language that compels us to keep reading even if we have to stop to weep momentarily at the horror, at the beauty, that is in all of us.
p.15 And it's not right to do this to the dead;/ not even stupid idelness should lead them here.p.21 Cats will prolong the kill/ like no other animal/ except humans.p.24 Anyhow, it's a beautiful lie. It's a lie you can strap on/ and live with for a long time, and imagine is your life.p.59 I felt like I could stand up among my people,/ and tell them the last story that they would ever need to hear.p.62 I have been so near beauty, I will never be the same.p.72 I wish I knew less about our history of killing,/ so I could see you peaceful in my mind.A strong collection of poems which reach back into the childhood of the poet. The work contains a scattering of war poems, like "Flash," "Johnny," and "A Little Place on the Beach," but many of the poems focus upon vague, poignant memories of childhood. Mr. Weigl also moves forward in time to address a future audience, after his own death. "A Little Place on the Beach" highlights the power of memory, both good and bad, and our minds can continue to exist in two places at once across a span of time.
Slowly but surely I'm learning to enjoy and appreciate poetry much more than I used to. This book of poems kind of haunts me. p. 18 He shines his light and says, that's where they died. They tried to hide inside the cave, he says, and laughs.p. 21 I've seen cats curled around cancer not yet diagnosed, night after night.p. 26 (For My Neighbors) ...and even though you don't know my name, I am happy to be among you, safe in our unspoken village...p. 28 (Reunion) It's not a going back we long for, but a staying still for one incomparable moment, all the lost loves' faces spinning in the mirrored ball.and My Waiting Brain. Oh my. So good.
I was given a signed copy of this book, so I put it on the top of my to-read stack. I don't regret that. Weigl has some beautiful poems in here. Subject matter differs from poem to poem, but the work flows in a way that made it my own personal experience. When he wrote of pets and family, I thought of mine. When he wrote of Vietnam, I thought of the Purple Heart my grandfather earned. Weigl and I may not have much in common beyond poetry, but it was easy to relate anyway. My favorite selection? "When I'm Gone," which has a morsel of all the book's themes on one page.
thoughtful and penetrating. I love Weigl's work... so glad to read and absorb his newest work.