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Dance with the Serpent Apr 11, 2006
Allen Hoey's The Precincts of Paradise is one of those books of poetry that takes your breath away. In language that is sometimes cool and exact and sometimes super-heated to a conflagration of syntax and rhythmic diction, the poems, one after the other, wealth piled on wealth, plumb both the things of this world and the things exchanged and left behind, or, more precisely, buried within, just this side of a Paradise remembered so acutely it hurts. Literally, many of these poems have been hurt into being, which is to say, the poet has been hurt into poetry---a poetry of the first rank. Whether lyric or dramatic, we are left with what we have lost, and with what we have gained. Paradise always beckons, but so does what is most human, there---in the precincts of Paradise. Dance with the serpent: read this book.