By Conrad Hilberry
The dependent poems of Until the whole Moon Has Its Say come up from the honour of standard, even humble, subjects—a bowl on a desk, a blackout, mosquitoes, garlic mustard, algae at the neighborhood pond. Hilberry’s secure voice is sensible and measured even within the depths of grief, as he muses, “How am i able to draw lifeless branches / in a poem?” a part of the reply to that question lies within the use of shape, which supplies form to event. In his formal virtuosity, Hilberry even writes a villanelle—a notoriously tough poetic form—about writing a villanelle.
Written through the poet in his eighties, Until the whole Moon Has Its Say is a robust mirrored image on mortality and at the paintings that has been his lifelong perform. All readers of poetry will treasure this robust volume.
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