BOOK REVIEW
 



56 pages,  $12 U.S.
Dead Academics Press
The Halawaukee School for the Exegetical Arts
6500 Whittlesey Blvd. #510
Columbus, GA 31909

I.CCN: 2011941259

ISBN: 978-0-615-55177-7

First paperback edition: January 2012

Foreword by Jack Foley
Foreword by Carey Scott Wilkerson

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Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino writes like an ancient poet, with an understanding of the wait of a word and the weight of a sign.

Each noun, verb, pronoun is critical, each acting as a capsule that holds meaning through time and space.  When the eyes pass over the words,  or when the ears hear the words, meanings emerge and hover, and those meanings are not always denotative, not concrete.

Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino is a mage, a man who holds the wisdom of the ancients, and so a depth of understanding lingers around his poems.

Take for example part 2 of his poem, "Conklintown Road."

 
  2.

or  mortal see,
in time and in state of mind.

A curve or fold or surfaces.
faces.

lines. are tortile and pie. and given
to loving at all times.

see,
this little chin is an angle for compliments.

this little foot is over the falls.
this last curve will take your breath away.

this is a raisin and this is a melon seed.
this little hand is something to date things by.

and given, to loss, and to loving at all times.
closer, at hand.

St. Thomasino seeks the origin of words, the space that exists before the word is uttered or known, a practice which has occupied male poets and philosophers over the centuries. He is aware, however, that women poets now attempt the same.  And this might be the meaning of his poem, "Janes."

  Janes
 

Jane is taking that which cannot be opened
Jane, that uses no words

this is taking Jane into the nameless
and, into the naming of Adam and the earth.

 

I highly recommend, The Valise, by Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, for any poet who longs to reach the realm beyond the physical.  In a sense, his poems are a valise, a carrying item for meaning.


Mary Ann Sullivan