Variations on a Theme of Desire

David Glen Smith


Variations on a Theme of Desire

Variations on a Theme of Desire

  • Title: Variations on a Theme of Desire
  • Author: David Glen Smith
  • ISBN: 9780988944787
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover



David Glen Smith s Variations on a Theme of Desire is equal parts philosophical text, archeological exploration, fairy tale, and map of human memory It s no surprise a book of such grand scope sees saints of music, poetry, and faith appear in its pages These are poems of jazz and crow, of the long dead and the just living, of the topography of a dreamscape built from theDavid Glen Smith s Variations on a Theme of Desire is equal parts philosophical text, archeological exploration, fairy tale, and map of human memory It s no surprise a book of such grand scope sees saints of music, poetry, and faith appear in its pages These are poems of jazz and crow, of the long dead and the just living, of the topography of a dreamscape built from the bones of those who walk, briefly or lingering, across our lives But perhaps than anything, this book is a guide written by a poet to his young son, something the boy can tuck away so that one day, when he s ready and capable of understanding, he can read and know the map of his father s heart How, no matter the songs that play, the lyrics just underneath the melodies say, Remember, son, in all aspects of this fragmented world I will never leave you Bryan Borland, author of Less Fortunate Pirates


Recent Comments "Variations on a Theme of Desire"

This collection of poems manages to use a lot of mythic and religious language and several references to dreams, but it always feels grounded in something concrete, indeed fleshy. It is, it seems to me, a way of thinking about our corporeal selves with images that, in other hands, can become ephemeral, not something you can lay your hands on. Fog and mist. From Smith's hands comes flesh that has volume, weight, blood coursing through it. It is also erotic, religious, and full of clever word play [...]

This collection feel biblical, yet not religious. Very personal writing, yet felt at times static. The imagery is very strong and at times pushed me away. Complex throughout.


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