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."
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Thomas Meyer was born and grew up in Seattle. He graduated from Bard College. There he studied under Robert Kelly and met Jonathan Williams and, joining his non-profit publishing enterprise the Jargon Society for the next forty years as life partner, helpmate, and custodian, editing, producing, and designing fifty some titles. Meyer is the author of MODERN LOVE: SONGS (Verge Books), KINTSUGI (Flood Editions), ESSAY STANZAS (The Song Cave), and PORCELAIN PILLOW (Lunar Chandelier Collective). He has made notable translations of the tao te ching, i ching, Beowulf, Pindar, Sappho, and Mallarmé. His essays and reviews have appeared in Parnassus, the American Book Review, Credences, Sulfur, and Prose. He was the recipient of an NEA Creative Fellowship in Poetry, an Ingram-Merrill Award for Poetry, and an NEA Opera & Music Theater (New American Works) Creative Fellowship for Librettists. Poems of his have been set to music by Craig Carnahan, James Sellars, and Conrad Cummings.Author City: HIGHLANDS, NC USA