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 beautiful debut assortment builds a ladder firmly rooted right here: 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 last. 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 way 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 within this one. no matter 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 alterations the way in which Jacob—the book’s client saint—wrestles with the angel, 'lifting all of the flesh / that he can lose.' i love this poet who is familiar with that blessing doesn’t arrive with no loss, who recollects 'I used to be enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' an analogous candy feeling lingers lengthy after this publication is closed. expensive reader: savour it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a stunning book. His swish, 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 manner is a fashion / 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 normal and the visionary, the poems in A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire discover an intimate dating with the realm, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yank Midwest. From a lime sparkling in an orchard to a impressive adolescence test at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems flooring themselves within the usual and bounce for the luminous. significant 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 deterioration. via those retellings, Nicholson examines the construction of self, kinfolk relationships, and a generative experience of the divine.
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