Left-handed (Galassi)

There’s too much cleverness in this collection for my tastes. Too many seemingly forced efforts to make plays on words, to fit into ideas into short lines and narrow columns that I found myself quite frustrated with this collection. What came first, I wondered, the idea or the insistence on a certain form? When he finally breaks free of his seemingly self-imposed restrictions in the last section, “I Can Sleep Later,” I enjoyed the poems more. His ideas could breathe.

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