Friday, August 14, 2009
New Book by Jeremy Gaulke available from The Temple Inc.
What the Master Does Not Speak Of – Poems and Drawings by Jeremy Gaulke Available at www.thetemplebookstore.com - the Temple Inc. - $10.00 Few poets of any age focus on their subject matter as intently as Jeremy Gaulke. Subject matter as fuel that is consumed in the propulsion phase of the art leaves little residue. So it is with the poems in What the Master Does Not Speak Of, the long awaited author’s second book, and only by the widest stretch, a sequel to his earlier acclaimed The Ghost of Harrison Sheets. What is consistent in the development of his art is Gaulke’s eschewing any need to rehash material already developed, rendered, and passed beyond. In one way it resembles jazz beyond the noodle, when the musician/poet hits the incipient stride inherent in the improv and creates a passage or passages unrepeatable. Little need to copyright this; no one could repeat it anyway. And that is the beauty of the creative act, the originality in both rooting out the uncomfortable subjects and handling them as if they could be radioactive, and leaving something durable in their place. Between these books, Jeremy Gaulke also published a remarkable broadside, “In the Garden” which shows a more domestic side, a would-be family man, on his hands and knees in the good earth. What the Master Does Not Speak Of can hardly be described as “domestic” poetry, other than the fact that it takes place on the planet earth, in that strange hardly-anyman’s-land between adolescence and adulthood. Gaulke navigates it as if he were going somewhere. When you take this recommended trip with him, be open to the change(s) that can come over you. Charles Potts Walla Walla, Washington August 1, 2009 Charles Potts firstname.lastname@example.org
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