The Garden. A Theophany or Eccohome A Dialectical Lyric
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Martin Corless-Smith's The Garden. A Theophany or Eccohome A Dialectical Lyric is a mask in 13 titled sections, some of the first dozen titles bearing repetitions of "Garden," "Death," and "Ecco Home," and a final section titled "Return to the Garden : ECCO HOME." The book fits squarely in the palm of one hand, a breviary of verse to earth and sky, past and future. Since this is a choral groundwork, "a field / meaning flowers," and a "rupturing of a habitual dwelling into a surprise," The Garden encircles matrices of wonder -- implementing near-homophones and neologisms to recoup antiquarian ceremony...
Jack Kimball, Jacket Magazine
As in Of Piscator (1997), Corless-Smith's last book, these poems are most remarkable for their rich and knotty diction--perhaps derived from Shakespeare--joined with a tendency towards abstraction. The result could be described as Bunting and Zukofsky in equal measure.
Geoffrey Treacle, The Chicago Review