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The Structure of Desire

by W.F. Lantry

REVIEW by:

AARON POOCHIGIAN


AT THE

POETS HOUSE,

NEW YORK, NY

7pm, JUNE 15, 2012


Bill Lantry, the ensorcelled seer from San Diego, read from his ravishing full-length collection, “The Structure of Desire.” His is a poetry of “transport,” in which everyday moments expand into mystic significance at the prompting of beauty in the form of a person, a dance or music. He reads as he writes, with each word thick with import, as if his poems were sacred texts. “Spiritual” poetry has been much discussed of late. If it does come back into vogue, I hope that its practitioners will follow Mr. Lantry’s (and Mr. Stevens’) example by grounding their ecstasies in realia. Mr. Lantry’s recurring images—the dance, the mirror, sinuous drapery—never emerge from some vague poetic subconscious but from his visions of the world around him. As a poet of rapture, Mr. Lantry writes poetry dear to my heart. I recommend this book to all who enjoy “mind-expanding” mystical poetry and anyone who needs to be reminded what being in love is like.

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