Analysis of the Catch by Dorianne Laux
Dust by Dorianne Laux Published by in 1992 by Dorriane Laux, ‘Dust’ the poem gives a viewof the combination of very daily events of one’s life, with the an engaging and flabbergasting intellectualness, which is very aptly equalized from the act of using specific symbols. After reading the poem, the one thought that immediately conquers the mind is that very little and minor happenings of life add up to a major fabric of emotions and history. Furthermore, what Laux tries to indicate through her poem ‘Dust’ is what almost each and every one goes through in our life, if we’ll be honest with ourselves. Hence, in association with the feeling afore mentioned, we will discuss the use of image of God to represent the poet’s inner muse, how the poet state the functioning of human’s mind and lastly the human nature of closing eyes to the truth and opportunities of life.
Dean Young’s work in this book is a thicket of irresistible first lines: “I have been the best man in a blizzard,” from “Tangle”; “It’s not that Monet cared that much about stacks of hay,” from “Opal”; “At the bottom of every beauty,/there’s Duchamp saying it’s better/with the cracks,” from “Atmospheric Pressure.” Mr. Young knows that to be truly reverent, the poet needs to be irreverent. He understands that we live in a world of “too many divorces, too many blood panels.” But he also wants to remind us that “it’s not the skricket of the cricket/but its silence that is clairvoyant,” that it’s always worth pondering “what would that letter after Z look like.” But for all his humor and linguistic jazz, Mr. Young doesn’t shun the big questions. He tells us, “The guy who hoses the slaughterhouse floor/goes home and makes angels out of toothpicks.” And his sense of mortality is keen. In “Instant Recognition Between Strangers” he writes: “But until our names are called, we wait in the dark hall with the coat trees./Kafka, Kafka, barks the dog.” And as a man who had a heart transplant in April, he doesn’t stint on hard-won wisdom: “hark, dumbass,/the error is not to fall/but to fall from no height.”
Already in the first couple lines of the poem “Someone spoke to me last night,/ told me the truth. Just few words,/ but I recognized it”(.145). I am able to identify the tone of the poem, which in my view indicates peaceful and a certain type of guilty attitude. Laux also seems to express a regret for what happened. Towards to the middle of the poem, the poet starts to describe why she was too tired to get up, by giving reasonable facts, she justifies the laziness of opening the door for God : “I knew I should make myself get up,/ write it down, but it was too late,/ and I was exhausted from working/ all day in the garden, moving rocks”(.145), In this piece of writing I can identify visual imagery, where with few words, Laux is able to establish a good description and make the writers live and fully understand that moment. On the second part of the poem, she she says “Now, I remember only the flavor-/not like food, sweet and sharp”(.145) Here I was only able to identify a type of figurative language, the personification appears when she established a comparison between food and flavor to a not fresh memory of what happened during that night. By saying that she only remember the flavor and not like food, she means that she can only partially remember her talk with God, she clear uses an inanimate thing (food) to create comparisons with human qualities. At the end of the poem Dorianne Laux again uses physical imagery and personification by describing in her view how God comes to our life: “God comes to your window,/ all bright light and black wings,/ and you are just too tired to open it”(.145), The window definitely represents life, which establishes a personification right in the beginning of the verse. Furthermore when she starts describing how God appears to her, “all bright and black wings”(.145), she creates in every reader's head a physical image of God, which differs than most of the descriptions out there.
To summarize, Dorianne Laux’s most recent collections are The Book of Men and Facts about the Moon. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Oregon Book Award and The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, and Smoke from BOA Editions. She teaches poetry in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program.
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