Signs & Wonders
By Charles Martin
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Winner of the CNY Book Award in Poetry of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse
Signs is a noun (as in DO NOT DISTURB);
Wonders (as in "with furrowed brows"), a verb.
The couplet that leads into Charles Martin's fifth collection of richly inventive poems suggests that the world is to be read into and wondered over. The signs in this new work from the prize-winning American poet of formal brilliance and darkly comic sensibility are as stark as the one on a cage at the zoo that says ENDANGERED SPECIES, as surprising as those that announce the return of irony, and as enigmatic as a single word carved on a tombstone. Renowned for his translations of Ovid's Metamorphoses and the poems of Catullus, Martin brings the perspective of history to bear on the stuff of contemporary life.