By Andrew S. Nicholson
"In Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire, what's so much alive is colour, that which supplies 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 the following: in sunlight and earth; in various and a number of colors of orange; in trials of dad 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 known as the ‘shipwreck of the singular,’ together with all people. I’m moved by means of the luminous generosity, the ethical readability of this paintings. A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is information that would 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 inside of this one. even if contemplating the casinos of Las Vegas, a fresco in Pompeii, or scenes from the Hebrew Bible, the poet endures considered one 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 differences the way in which Jacob—the book’s customer saint—wrestles with the angel, 'lifting the entire flesh / that he can lose.' i love this poet who understands that blessing doesn’t arrive with no loss, who recalls 'I was once enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' an identical candy feeling lingers lengthy after this publication is closed. expensive reader: get pleasure from it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a stunning book. His sleek, 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 rework us ('Sink into the bathwater, any approach is a manner / to trip towards that joining'). Nicholson has develop into one of many nice poets of a brand new and radical form of pastoral."
Opening the distance among the standard and the visionary, the poems in A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire discover an intimate dating with the area, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yankee Midwest. From a lime sparkling in an orchard to a incredible adolescence try out at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems flooring themselves within the regular and bounce for the luminous. vital to this assortment are poems that retell tales of Jacob from the previous 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 construction of self, family members relationships, and a generative feel of the divine.
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