| Declaration For Your Bones
Deeply intimate, these meditations illuminate the shared skin of our common fears, celebrate our courage and frailty, as we labor to understand how and why we go on. This work is the act of soul-making, of intense spiritual exploration. The language jolts and smolders, singes with truth. Duane Esposito is a gifted poet.
Duane Esposito is a writer who bares himself—and bares his love—radically, to the point of a psychic nakedness, a startled transparency, as if we had witnessed more than the daily coverings stripped away, but the skin itself. Like the touring Bodies exhibition, shocking us, educating us with a view of exposed organs and bone.
Barbara Barnard from "Dark and Beautiful Places," American Book Review
In inquiring about the quality of love and its survival, Esposito goes way beyond the "confessional" poet and presents us with the bones of human love and loss, their wounds and iridescence, our failures and our faltering steps toward knowing. Such honesty and courage to look at things as they are is rare in contemporary American poetry. Esposito bridges philosophical questioning, emotional intensity and artistic attention to detail. The result is a stunning and spare work that cannot be ignored.
Pramila Venkateswaran from "The Dislocation of the Outer World," Poetry Bay
Esposito's questioning declares in the way that Rilke does. Like Rilke, whose specter is conjured in the book's epigraph, Esposito cries out to the angels' hierarchies in an attempt to gaze into the abyss and give an accounting of "all the words / we didn't say / & all the words / we did." If not declaration, then the book borders on prayer: the poems are confessions to a God that isn't exactly there and to "all the angels...too thin for any common yielding."
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