Saturday, September 15, 2007

Graham Foust - Necessary Stranger

Graham Foust – Necessary Stranger

Graham Foust is interesting me quite a bit these days. In Necessary Stranger he’s enacting time as much from the interior of the voice of the poem as in what the voice is engaging. It’s rather elemental in this way. Or fundamental. How his poems almost evaporate into the voice. Quite a bit differently than Sarah Vap, who’s also interesting me these days. Her poems seem to nearly evaporate into the world. But that’s for another day.

As well, and just to clinch the deal, he mentions Neil Young in a poem . . . Here are a couple (non-Neil Young) poems from Necessary Stranger:


Things’ll get
all right,

the infield strangely green.

I can’t tell you
who’ll win,

who’ll suffer,

how old
I wish I were.

It’s always this—

just shoved into something
I never could have made.

Number One Hit Song

The above is leaf-math,
a high
block of cottonwood.

I am for volume.
I am for tubes in and out of the sick.

If heaven were only
where only
you could hurt you,

I would touch its dead and broadcast
their entire range of breakage.

I would breathe to within
a skin’s-width
of my sleep.

I would make a little nimbus there,
a clear heart for moths to toss against.

Late and unancient, inexact
as hands, I would move
as if by choice into my life.


At 9/15/2007 1:36 PM, Blogger Andrew Shields said...

That second poem reminds me of The Minutemen, who had a song with the same title. What a band.

At 9/15/2007 2:27 PM, Blogger Caffeine Destiny said...

I like Graham Foust - he's been in Caffeine Destiny! Matt Zapruder has a poem that mentions Neil Young - maybe some one should do an anthology, poems that mention Neil Young.

At 9/15/2007 4:06 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


Could be. There are several riffs throughout the book on O'Hara and Creeley, etc., not to mention the name drop of Neil young, which brings me to:


I'm deep in the seven jealousies. I wish I had something from him for The Laurel Review. As well, Sarah Manguso has a Neil Young name drop as well. I wish I had one. I keep trying, and it keeps not working out.


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