Peter Gizzi: In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987–2011

— from the book:

So the bird’s in the hand
and now what?
The penny shiny
in the dark belly of mr. piggy.
The day dawns and dawns
and may be in trouble
of actually going anywhere.
Trees migrate secretly up-
ward. They might be saying
all we need to be here
if we would only stop
talking and listen up.
I love you, said the wood.
One sonic color into
the egregious public air.
Start from nothing and be-
long to it. The signal
and its noise -itsy,
-ancy, -oid.
So many strangers
alive in a larynx.
So much depends on X
so much more
on the book in your hand.
Start from nothing
and let the sound reach you.

from “The Outernationale”

IMG_4830Lemon Hound is recommending Gizzi’s Selected Poems as our book of the week. Fans will be happy with the heft and minimal power of the book from design to selection. Those of us who have been on the fence will be rewarded for our patience.