By Andrew S. Nicholson
"In Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire, what's so much alive is colour, that which supplies itself freely, generously: ‘Follow the hopeful as they eco-friendly the day’ (‘My storage Fills with an Ever-Increasing variety of Dandelions’). Threaded all through with Genesis, in which Jacob wrestles an angel, this beautiful debut assortment builds a ladder firmly rooted the following: in solar and earth; in various and a number of colours of orange; in trials of dad and son; in books and work; in deserted casinos; in international locations faraway from domestic; and/or within the sound of a door final. Nicholson’s poems come from a guy status via himself, in what George Oppen referred to as the ‘shipwreck of the singular,’ inclusive of every person. I’m moved through the luminous generosity, the ethical readability of this paintings. A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is information that may remain news.”
—Claudia Keelan, writer of The Devotion Field, Missing Her, and O, Heart
"'Who doesn’t nurse a mystery love?' asks Andrew S. Nicholson in visionary poems that exhibit mystery worlds cradled within this one. no matter if contemplating the casinos of Las Vegas, a fresco in Pompeii, or scenes from the Hebrew Bible, the poet endures one in every of desire’s extra fraught paradoxes: its unchanging skill to deliver switch, to show the identified into the unknown. those poems bravely attend to such differences the way in which Jacob—the book’s consumer saint—wrestles with the angel, 'lifting all of the flesh / that he can lose.' i like this poet who is aware that blessing doesn’t arrive with out loss, who recollects 'I used to be enjoyed as soon as. / underneath that love, a kindness took root.' a similar candy feeling lingers lengthy after this publication is closed. pricey reader: enjoy it."
"Andrew S. Nicholson’s A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire is a beautiful book. His sleek, playful poems enchant us ('I try and make out the stranger’s face, yet he’s shrinking: / a melting grey blur, an ever-smaller thorn.') and rework us ('Sink into the bathwater, any approach is a fashion / to trip towards that joining'). Nicholson has develop into one of many nice poets of a brand new and radical form of pastoral."
Opening the distance among the normal and the visionary, the poems in A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire discover an intimate dating with the area, from Las Vegas to Italy to the yankee Midwest. From a lime sparkling in an orchard to a stunning formative years try out at levitation, Andrew S. Nicholson’s poems floor themselves within the ordinary and jump for the luminous. significant to this assortment are poems that retell tales of Jacob from the outdated testomony, relocated at the back of casinos, glimpsed in miniature on kitchen flooring, and heard conversing in a second of degradation. via those retellings, Nicholson examines the construction of self, kinfolk relationships, and a generative experience of the divine.
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A Lamp Brighter than Foxfire (Mountain West Poetry Series) by Andrew S. Nicholson