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Poet delivers in this period of reflection
By virtue of its antiquity we revere the Book of Psalms, intoning its contents with reverential fear. The Psalms sooth and empower the soul. And they stir and temper the passions. For sheer existential value, Any Given Day echoes the Davidian classic. Patti Tana is a classicist—profoundly witty and provocative in addressing life’s every offering, from the fleeting to its gravest of challenges.I had the pleasure of seeing Tana perform in New York. A Professor Emerita of English at Nassau Community College (SUNY); she is impressive—the consummate artist with an engaging oratorical presence. Poetic readings demand that much. But words in themselves can stand alone—imaginatively emotive and inspirational when cleverly used. Like the master builder who creates an enviable edifice, Tana, throughout this endeavour, has weaved literary magic.Any Given Day is prayerfully philosophical. A chronicle of life with its many vicissitudes: pleasures, joys, sorrows, and pain—and written with the polished ease of a seasoned poet. Tana manages to extract dialogue and life from the seemingly inconsequential, even delivering images of impassioned eroticism with soothing control.Here, spontaneity has its own structure:“I become water when you dive into me the way a bird dives into the sea I become water.”And in In Waves Wash High, she writes:
“I rock inside your boat gently, then hard as waves wash high around us.
”There is wit…and humour too.
“To love a dog is to know love is messy
Jumps on you with muddy paws
Slips you the tongue
Author: Patti Tana, 2011
Ratings:**** Highly recommended
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