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Playing the Black Piano: Poems de Bill Holm
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Playing the Black Piano: Poems (edição: 2004)

de Bill Holm (Autor)

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Like Whitman's, Holm's poems celebrate the vitality of life--whether found in music or food or people. Moving across the surface of contemporary America and the world, from Oregon forests to the deserts around Tuscon, from the endless marketing of phones to the experience of an MRI, Holm comments with humor, biting commentary, and ultimately affection on the waywardness of the human race. The book includes tributes to Art Tatum, Glenn Gould, and many classical composers, as well as poems ofthe moment--marking the falling of the Twin Towers or the death of Paul Wellstone. The first section of the book reflects Holm's long experience in China and Iceland (wonderful poems about perspective and distance). The second section reflects Holm's ongoing love affair with music wherever he finds it, from Bach to jazz, from China to Minnesota. Parts 3 and 4, Free Market Wind and The World is Enough, are engaged with the world as we know it--sometimes depressing in its vacuity, often absurd, sometimes heartbreaking, but ultimately a place we would much rather be than not to be at all. The last section of the book is a spirited elegy to the dying and death by AIDS of his close friend.… (mais)
Membro:BenBrekken
Título:Playing the Black Piano: Poems
Autores:Bill Holm (Autor)
Informação:Milkweed Editions (2004), Edition: First Paperback Edition, 144 pages
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If I hated poetry (I do not), I believe the writing of Bill Holm could bring me around to a new view on the genre. This is my first collection from Mr. Holm. I purchased it shortly after its publication when I’d heard an interview with him on my local NPR station. That day he read a few pieces from the book, including the poem “Lemon Pie” and I was completely transfixed by his voice, his style, and everything that he conveyed in that one piece.

That was six years ago. I read that particular poem again a few times after I bought the book and then set it on the shelf. I never read through the entire book until this weekend. It is full of gems. This collection contains pieces about his time in Iceland (which I remember from his interview and reminds me all over again how much I want to visit there), music (a theme which runs throughout many of the pieces), and the death of a dear friend from AIDs.

There is a truth to his poetry/prose that cannot be faked. All writers aspire to this. I could feel his Minnesota roots in his writing, and I look forward to reading more. (And I still hear his voice in my head when I read Lemon Pie.) ( )
  KinnicChick | Sep 26, 2010 |
Holm fans can rejoice in this book of poetry that plays familiar themes, in new ways. Bill's refreshing anarchy and warm humanity fill this lovely book, and his humor is compassionate, scathing, ever changing.

Music, a central part in Holm's life, flows through many of these poems. Another theme that looms large is death. Death may be final, but friendship doesn't end with death in Holm's world; a number of these poems pay homage to people he has loved. When Bill knows from his friend's handwriting that death is approaching, I recall how my Mother's handwriting betrayed the same message; one that I was not yet able to read.

For you lovers of Iceland, there is Part I: A Bowl of Thought. This section weaves in Skagafjord, Sauðárkrókur, Hofsós, and Holm's beloved cottage in Hofsós, Brimnes--all by means of evocative poetry.

If you love poetry, music, or Iceland...you'll love Playing the Black Piano. Bill, my debt to you keeps getting heavier. ( )
  darienduke | Jul 29, 2008 |
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Like Whitman's, Holm's poems celebrate the vitality of life--whether found in music or food or people. Moving across the surface of contemporary America and the world, from Oregon forests to the deserts around Tuscon, from the endless marketing of phones to the experience of an MRI, Holm comments with humor, biting commentary, and ultimately affection on the waywardness of the human race. The book includes tributes to Art Tatum, Glenn Gould, and many classical composers, as well as poems ofthe moment--marking the falling of the Twin Towers or the death of Paul Wellstone. The first section of the book reflects Holm's long experience in China and Iceland (wonderful poems about perspective and distance). The second section reflects Holm's ongoing love affair with music wherever he finds it, from Bach to jazz, from China to Minnesota. Parts 3 and 4, Free Market Wind and The World is Enough, are engaged with the world as we know it--sometimes depressing in its vacuity, often absurd, sometimes heartbreaking, but ultimately a place we would much rather be than not to be at all. The last section of the book is a spirited elegy to the dying and death by AIDS of his close friend.

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