Poetry. LGBT Studies. In KINTSUGI, Thomas Meyer has written an intimate elegy for his partner of nearly four decades. As Robert Kelly observes in his foreword, this is "a text written in and through the very death it mourned." Kintsugi is a Japanese word meaning "golden joinery," and it describes the practice of repairing pottery with gold lacquer. As Kelly suggests, "the very rupture is what is highlighted": Meyer's presence to the loss, in the midst of daily life and its attendant concerns, serves as "the golden line that holds all this together." Likewise, his supple poetic line joins formal lament with the quiet spontaneity of thinking. The result is poetry of deep grief and wonder: "Walk into a room. / Not know where I am. / Once it was Love / had me so distracted. / Now it's Death."
Author City: HIGHLANDS, NC USA
Thomas Meyer lives in North Carolina, at the southernmost end of the Appalachians. He is a poet whose recent books include ESSAY STANZAS, KINTSUGI, DAODE JING, Coromandel, and At Dusk Iridescent: A Gathering of Poems, 1972-1997.
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Brian Teare @ Ron Slate's On the Seawall
24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Peter O'Leary @ The Volta