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Anyone by Klug, Nate

By Klug, Nate

Milton’s God
the place I-95 meets The Pike,
a ponderous thunderhead flowered—
 
stewed a minute, then flipped
like a flash card, tattered
edges crinkling in, linings so dark
with over the top bright
 
that, status, ready, on the overpass edge,
the onlooker couldn’t decide
 
till the tip, or perhaps then,
what was once published and what have been hidden.
 
 
utilizing a number of varieties and reaching a number of musical results, Nate Klug’s Anyone traces the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenes—natural and household, political and religious—across America’s East and Midwest. The book’s identify foregrounds the anonymity it seeks via a number of capacity: first, via shut commentary (a concrete observed, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, moment, through translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely between modern poetry volumes, Anyone demonstrates fluency within the paradoxes of a spiritual life: “To stand someday / outdoors my religion . . . or hold ready / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics yet by no means abstruse, the entire whereas the poems stay grounded within the out of the ordinary, actual international of “what it truly is to suppose: /  moods, part moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”

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He first selects a sawed-off golf club from their wooden stand, wrapping it behind his rippling shoulders, then, as the sitar music picks up from his boom box, charms the metal stick down one arm like a rigid snake. Slow swoops towards Warrior II tame whatever rage he might have transferred onto his instrument, or it to him. Across the street, the side door of the Contois Tavern jiggers finally open onto fall cold: halftime, the Jets game already out of hand. Propped against the brick, led back to themselves again, the regulars try not to stare through their smoke, their low lack of talk, scuffing falling butt ends like moths as the gladiator stiffens, thrown from his obscurity— then whirls, club head flashing, and lunges again.

Across the street, the side door of the Contois Tavern jiggers finally open onto fall cold: halftime, the Jets game already out of hand. Propped against the brick, led back to themselves again, the regulars try not to stare through their smoke, their low lack of talk, scuffing falling butt ends like moths as the gladiator stiffens, thrown from his obscurity— then whirls, club head flashing, and lunges again. 44 Twenty-Something Detach from happiness its myth of choice—and still, out of some hole in the will, choice clambers back, shies near, insinuates itself between us like a damaged animal, mouth wide, expecting equally to be fed or struck.

50 Observer Not seeing me, not even looking, K. on her silver cruiser charms her way through the last long moment of the changing light: snow boots and a Seychelles Warbler’s old blue tights, a rolled-up yoga mat in her basket wobbling like a wild tiller as she pedals. It feels illicit and somewhat right to stand across the intersection without shouting her name, or even waving. According to the Internet tutorial, the fact that photons turn into tiny loyal billiard balls as soon as we start watching suggests no error of method or measurement, but rather, 51 as far as anyone can tell, an invisibly unstable world, a shaking everywhere that seeing must pin down and fix.

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