Poetry. The title poem in William Fuller's DAYBREAK begins with something abstract. "At daybreak one saw receptacles from the day before and in those receptacles lay strings of associations." From such associations "eyes emanating soft red light" emerge. Practical considerations follow—including the tax consequences of such associations—without weighing down the free flight of metaphor as a vehicle for "transparent uninterrupted thought." Definite pronouns without antecedents take on a physical presence too, as real as the history of ideas. Each poem in this collection builds a memory palace for how to forget.
William Fuller grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and received his PhD from the University of Virginia in 1983. His most recent books of poetry include DAYBREAK (Flood Editions, 2020), PLAYTIME (Flood Editions, 2015), Quorum, HALLUCINATION (Flood Editions, 2011), WATCHWORLD (Flood Editions, 2006), SADLY (Flood Editions, 2003), THE SUGAR BORDERS (O Books, 1993), and BYT (O Books, 1989). He is Principal Advisor to the trust department at The Northern Trust Company in Chicago.