Review of Fawn Bones

Fawn Bones

Sommer's poems often yoke disparate ideas together in ways that are subtle and elusive. He is most effective when firmly rooted in flesh and blood. In one poem he suggests commemorating the highway deaths of animals by putting up little cardboard signs stating "ANIMAL DEATH HERE," until the highways are littered with them. In another poem the speaker and a woman examine their bodies and converse intimately, not sexually; an epiphany links flesh to earth in a fashion reminiscent of the Metaphysical poets:

I have smelled your skin in the sun itself
striking earth and entering. Our conversation
ended itself this way, in natural grace
and deep sensing. And, of course, never ends.

Canadian Literature

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