Roberto Harrison's BRIDGE OF THE WORLD

by Roberto Harrison

Far from pretending to dispense wisdom securely achieved, Harrison’s writing presents the search for a metaphysics fully in touch with the concreteness of personal, global and universal existence. The rhythm of these poems’ breath bears us across the book’s bridges, between the Americas, between life and death, love and pain, inscription and music, human and animal and cyberbeing, undoing their oppositions as the mind-poem seeks to open itself to each, to bear itself toward them across a gulf of difficulty. By juxtaposing stark diaristic report, chantlike rhythmic passages, and tightly woven instances of reflexive syntax and impossible image, Bridge of the World enacts a thought that exceeds conceptualization, a thought that only poetry can think—and needs to.