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What's that buzzing? Oct 22, 2004
Jeff Gundy's first three volumes of poetry established that he was a writer curious to discover the country that lies just beyond our field of vision. In Deerflies, Gundy continues to seek out this reality--which at times he might name as the face of God--in the most ordinary of moments. His is a poetry in which we are asked to question perspective. One moment he may implore us to imagine what the redwinged blackbird sees; in another he may turn a sacred story on its head, suggesting that if we were not infused with the myths of this place we might see the world in very different terms; and still at other times we are privy to conversations between the likes of Simone Weil and Hermann Hesse, somehow resurrected long after their deaths. Deerflies is a book of strong poems and quiet meditations. It rewards us in its artfulness, but, perhaps more importantly, it rewards us with its philosophical humilty, its devotion to the possibility of redemption, and its great good heart.