Poetry Friday: “The Anxiety Offices”

Good Letters | 10/13/2017 | Staff
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Are any of us sleeping much lately? With such grief in the world right now, I suspect anxiety keeps a lot of us awake nights. What a rosary of sound and image Lisa Russ Spaar gives us to work through with this poem, beginning in the early evening of a sleepless night and ending with dawn. Ampersands replace conjunctions and each couplet spills into the next, giving us a spatial reflection of insomnia’s claustrophobia. And within the narrow confines of the form, the speaker’s mind moves swiftly from beloved to beloved: an unspecified and absent “you,” and her three grown children whom “the halfway house of night// holds elsewhere.” References to birds, wings, and cages appear in each movement, hinting at a sense of feeling trapped when denied the escape of...
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