Ordinary Sun

Ordinary Sun Review

Poetry. Henriksen opens ORDINARY SUN by insisting that "an eye is not enough." Resisting solipsism, these poems negotiate that conflict between the mind and what exists outside the mind. Though pain intrinsically resides in that conflict Henriksen strives for an honest happiness, a kind of gorgeous suffering that blesses our days. To this end, these poems emerge from images of all those innumerable things that embody both visceral and ethereal beauty rocks, trees, broken glass, baseball, angels.... Here we find immediacy immersed in the image, and in the reading of these poems becomes ourselves immersed in the immediate."

Title:Ordinary Sun
Edition Language:English

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  • Michael

    Two from Ordinary Sun by Matthew Henriksen:As the Nude Composite Wishes for Heat without ViolenceI wept lost amid the wallpaper's mimickedchurch garden. I taught harmonies to wires.The buzzing grew le...

  • Marcus

    My favourites sections were Corolla in the Midden, The New Surrealism, and the last section Ordinary Sun. Although that might change. I read it on the tube in London during my three hours of commuting...

  • Clark Knowles

    I really love this book. For some reason, I struggled through the first half--up through "The Talk" section, but the something clicked for me starting with the next section. Probably it had more to do...

  • Staci Miller

    Side note: I voted for this book for Best Poetry Book of 2011 on GoodReads last year. Before I had read it. That's how good it is.I am truly, truly awful at processing poetry. I love looking at words ...

  • Edward Rathke

    This is a truly great collection. I've read a lot of great poetry this year, but only by a handful of dead or very old poets. Most of the more contemporary poetry I've read has been good and I can rec...

  • Brian Foley

    WONDERFUL WONDERFUL BOOK. ...

  • and

    this is really fucking awesome. homeboy got dialectics....

  • Joe

    Engaged throughout the whole thing but really felt like the final few sequences--"The New Surrealism" & "Beulah's Rest"--were the beating heart/spewing whatever of this book. There's a great mix of de...

  • Mary Shippee

    fantastic poetry. accessible to non-poets, yet fascinating to poetry lovers...