The Wash by Adam Clay
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Poetry. Rich in river imagery and an intense sense of the passage of time, THE WASH explores the incessant music that permeates journeys with a destination unknown. Interweaving the voices of John Clare, Audubon, Roethke, and others, the poems depict a landscape of loss in which language and images provide the only concrete platform on which to stand. Ending with an elegy for the self-portrait and an acceptance of the inevitability of decay, the speaker discovers "the stillness of frames both comforts and terrifies." Playing a lyrical voice against the limits of silence, THE WASH uncovers the voices that can be made, and heard, in and out of nature.

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Adam Clay is the author of The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006) and three chapbooks. His work has been published in A Public Space, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review. He co-edits Typo Magazine, curates the Poets in Print Reading Series at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, and teaches at Western Michigan University. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Published November 15, 2006 by Parlor Press. 84 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At the core of these clipped, fragmentary narratives is a sense of isolating overstimulation-which the poems artfully attempt, and fail, to overcome-emanating from other people as well as from a natural world that refuses to submit to human rules, where ""the sky is so blue it crowds us near the ...

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