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Jaime Robles - Hoard

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Jaime Robles - Hoard

Paperback, 80pp, 8.5x5.5ins

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Jaime Robles' newest collection, Hoard, invites the reader to investigate the permeability of boundaries, those that connect and divide lovers, as well as the ones that contain buried treasures. The book explores how we pattern expectation, hope and loss with the same intricacy and devotion to detail and expressiveness that we use when we craft gold objects and that typifies the writing process. How these same expectations and limits are buried in one's mind/body — or, in the case of the Hoxne hoard, in the earth to be spared harm and recovered — is the central motif of this beautifully crafted book, which at once recovers value in language that melds our emotional holdings — love's hoped-for trajectory — with our impulse to cover and shield what we adore. Yet we too are objects — 'Our bones are hollow and the color of a quill/ink filled/carved for flight…/.' Robles links the delicious possibilities of human endeavor to include what we sense lurking above and below surfaces and what we mark as passing/passed — 'words retract into her mind, repeating,/ hang back/struggle to renew/become abruptly vatic/resemble memory, or a spoon, locked beneath stone, bound into time/.' Hers is a fearless poetry that faces the world, takes it in, and reveals its hoard of knowledge— complexly, lovingly, and fiercely.— Maxine Chernoff

 

 

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