“The poems of Patty Seyburn are filled with a strange, ambitious, and compelling music made of the mythic, momentous, and mundane days of our lives. The poems arise from the gold sun and surf of California, the skies filled with western birds, but the poet finds illumination also in ‘the grid of lights and land/known as Detroit.’ This is a remarkable book. ” —David Citino, The Ohio State University
Mechanical Cluster studies the human machine as it moves through time and space, and the events that humanize us. It compels our interaction with the social world, while heralding the epiphanic moments that stop by as strange and welcome guests. The book is one of journeys and crossing over, of advances and retreats, and of dwelling in liminal states.
In the series of marriage poems titled “Ketubah” for the Jewish marriage
contract, it examines ritual and rebellion, the necessary and ancillary
components of love. In the series of “riffs” on film titled
the narrator floats and digresses through associative waves of apprehension.
The book delves into heritage and inheritance in a constant re-evaluation
of what it means to be a morass of “pulse and impulse.” The voice of these
poems inhabits and strays, puts down roots and abandons, goes West, goes
East, attempting to define “progress” through some understanding of vehicle
and trip with a revving engine in the background.
Sense of Things
Loose air ellipses from the open fist.
to resolve a chord due to brackish winds,
Nature hates a vacuum, just ask and
in this neighborhood, with all these
on Carnaby St. Rue St. Faubourg
Patty Seyburn is adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.
88 pp. 6 x 9
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