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Haruspex: Poems --- Peter Mishler | Numéro Cinq
Herewith, poems from Peter Mishler. Very cunning, deft and graceful poems. In "Demolition" a chance detour leads the poet by an Econo Lodge which becomes a screen for his imagination and the stage for a dark, alienated story (words like "gurney" and "wrist" implicate the scene with dread). A week later, the detour signs disappear and the poet metaphorically wakes, sort of, from the dream of his imagination. It's an ancient, haunting plot. Some tiny change in the humdrum routine of the world thrusts the dreamer into a world of darkness and disorder. Then he returns, not himself any longer, but changed.