Form from Form (Kuhl House Poets) (Paperback)
University Of Iowa Press, 9781609386047, 94pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2018
“Was it a crater or a sinkhole?” asks a voice in one of the mysterious, wonderstruck poems in Christopher Bolin’s Form from Form, whose cadences modulate with the energies of form-making, deformation, and elusive reformation. Natural forms and forms of human manufacture, forms of absence and those of urgent desire construct and deconstruct each other in Bolin’s singular music, which blends unnerving plainness and obliqueness, the childlike and the alien.
As their sites drift from workers’ camps to city squares, isolated coasts to windswept plains, the poems in Form from Form trace a map of a fragmented ecology, dense with physical detail of altered landscapes and displaced populations. In tones of austere beauty and harsh discordance, these poems provide a “field guide to luminescent things,” a visionary fretwork of the possibilities and impossibilities of faith in the present moment.
About the Author
Christopher Bolin teaches writing at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. He is the author of Ascension Theory (Iowa, 2013). Christopher lives in St. Joseph, Minnesota.