IN A TIME OF NO SONG by JEFF BIEN
From the Introduction by A.F. Moritz "What is this poetry like? There are not many precedents for it or bodies of work very similar to it in English…Bien’s word hoard is all his own, though, the way he animates it, constantly connecting the outer with the inner, the familiar with the distant, the limited with the vast, the realm of thought with the realm of life, non-sentient things with sentient ones… There is scarcely a stanza in Bien’s work that does not contain some instance of these extendings and plunges into each other performed by things and whole modes of existence. More notable still is the mysterious ease with which the poems admit the contradictions present in perceptions, emotions and desires.
In a Time of No Song will impress readers with its poetry of pure sentience and godlike laughter… The mysticism of the source is here, but most of all, I think, we will remember the great enactments and themes of this book through its omnipresent, brilliant tributes to life. We’ll keep it by us for its indelible celebrations…
A dove lands on my shoulder, the unbearable weight of magic
what shelters each moment in every other, dies and lives, homelessly on,
an orchard of lovely berries singing on a dying tree
and so all the while, so too, I sing, that which sings me, in a time of no song."