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Don Share's latest collection, Squandermania, is a book of poems
that are slightly death-haunted and studded with references to
marriage and fatherhood, geology and biology. It also revives a
luminous, if complex, domesticity - not something most men take as
their subject. Its focus is the frenzied energy and unreal
depression of living in a world at war with terror, and ultimately
with itself. Here the paralysis of long-standing grief and fear
combine with strange energy of trying to get by from day to day:
"If these are the woods, / I'm not out of them yet." There are
poems about the intimate household terrors of marital relations and
questions raised by children about what happens in the world, and
others woven from a tapestry of literary interactions with sources
that range from Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy and Bacon's essay On
Building to the "rotten kid theorem." Proverbs cease to reassure as
the poet monitors news about global warning, war, and other
self-inflicted disasters. What William James called the "trail of
the human serpent" that runs over everything has at least (and
perhaps finally) brought us to a world in which, as Share describes
it, "anti-depressants make certain people violently depressed; /
testing a safer system causes reactors to explode; / more freeways
create more traffic; / the power grid dims, powerless; / [and]
antibiotics make stronger germs." These poems of conscience and
imagination record the struggle to continue living in a
"glitterbound microcosm" amidst the impulses of maniacal
squandering and ceaseless destruction.
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