By Nate Klug

Milton’s God

Where I-95 meets The Pike,

a ponderous thunderhead flowered—

 

stewed a minute, then flipped

like a flash card, tattered

edges crinkling in, linings so dark

with over the top bright

 

that, status, ready, on the overpass edge,

the onlooker couldn’t decide

 

until the top, or maybe then,

what used to be published and what were hidden.

 

 

Using various types and reaching a number musical results, Nate Klug’s Anyone strains the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenes—natural and household, political and religious—across America’s East and Midwest. The book’s identify foregrounds the anonymity it seeks via a number of ability: first, via shut statement (a concrete observed, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, moment, through translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely between modern poetry volumes, Anyone demonstrates fluency within the paradoxes of a spiritual lifestyles: “To stand someday / outdoor my religion . . . or maintain ready / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics yet by no means abstruse, all of the whereas the poems stay grounded within the extra special, actual global of “what it's to consider: /  moods, part moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”

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