by Jude Nutter
"Dead Reckoning is a collection of high and beautiful seriousness, containing work of exceptional ambition and achievement. Philosophical, unafraid of the big questions ('And yet why am I here, / father, if I cannot enter?'), Jude Nutter is a poet both well-traveled and well read. Here are poems of collapse and Holocaust, of young love in the Eighties and of love at the end of its long human cycle, all written with an exceptional, cosmopolitan command of language and material. It is part of the very precise genius of this work that Nutter explains how we are each given a body, a buthker, a box, by which we may test and measure our being-in-the-world. In one stunning poem, 'The Shipping Forecast, ' this generalized box is metamorphized into a specific love-box from which her father removes a ring to place upon the finger of his comatose and dying wife. All of Nutter's work, no matter how seemingly well-traveled, returns to that inner human circle of love, family memoir and attachment. 'How is it we can be loved / so well and remain so famished still?' she asks in 'Disco Jesus and the Wavering Virgins in Berlin, 2011.' This collection, elegant in thought and technique, attempts to answer that question. Jude Nutter has created a work of great beauty, one of the loveliest collections of the poetry year." -Thomas McCarthy author of Prophecy, Pandemonium and eight other collections
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Date of Publication: 09/07/2021