Micro-Review: On Geoffrey Nutter’s “The Rose of January”

Geoffrey_NutterI’m such a sucker for honeyed pastels and unabashed music, two things amply present in The Rose of January, Geoffrey Nutter’s latest collection of poems. Lyricism and verbal colorings are here. So, too, a tremendous delicacy in phrasing and line. Let’s face it, the poetry part of poetry that’s so refreshing. Some of the enviable effects in Nutter’s third volume include its treatment of scale and perspective, which recalls the CGI animation of the Symbolists, their ability to infuse personality into discrete, brittle objects  (“The cupolas lean out across the water)”. Into also, as in the paintings of Arnold Böcklin, the not-so-secret source of de Chirico, their looming monumentality:

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