By Rick Hilles
The poems that make up A Map of the misplaced World variety from tightly-wrought shorter lyrics to longer autobiographical narratives to styles of homage (in a number of types) of poets that Hilles admires and emulates (including Richard Hugo, James Wright, James Merrill and Larry Levis) to prolonged voice-driven meditations, one within the voice of a German Jewish girl, a prisoner who may get away a French focus camp and cross directly to struggle within the French resistance, to different efforts to confront heritage and never be wolfed through historical past, and to find, even resuscitate, associates misplaced to demise, if purely provisionally; even though each one poem in A Map of the misplaced World is very crafted and diversely rendered, during this assortment, every one poem reveals its unifying impulse in it’s maker’s wish to span mammoth distances to arrive family, cherished others, a number of the households of acquaintances, fueled by means of a virtually gymnastic mind's eye that vaults itself into virtually any space—going to just about any length—sustained by means of a number of the sorts of love, which, in spite of everything, can be as shut as any people has come (in this or any lifestyles) to realizing and warming ourselves, if no longer additionally every now and then being scalded through, the immortal fires of the Infinite.
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