Poetry. In Patrick Morrissey's WORLD MUSIC, the poet turns the crank on the machine made of words to reveal it as a music box providing an artful tune to accompany pictures of a shifting world, with city scenes of New York and Chicago, with garbage trucks in alleys and power lines crossing a view of the sky, and with waves crashing on the limestone blocks at Promontory Point. These are poems of eye, ear, and mind harmonizing their frequencies in tune with the nature of an urban world observed in radiant gist and luminous detail.
"These poems are small in scale, modest in statement. Yet they open a window onto surging, complex occasions: the welter of the phenomenal world, a braid of water or voices, traffic of all sorts. Their delicate syntax graphs forces at play. Their metaphors find reciprocity between interiors and exteriors. They do so with quiet wit, but also with a deep awareness of how we draw music from noise, feeling from precision, and meaning from the flux of daily life."—Devin Johnston
Born in 1982, Patrick Morrissey grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, and studied literature at Harvard and the University of Chicago. His first book of poems, THE DIFFERENCES, was published by Pressed Wafer in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he served as poetry editor of the Chicago Review. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago, Illinois.
Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA