Ruzesky applies his fully matured and honed skills to the creation of a stunning fresco that spans the universal dilemma of life itself: the haunting and invigorating importance of family and lifelong friends ("the way the sudden memory of someone/surprizes the mind"), both the comfort and the solitude brought about by love, the ever-present desire of escape and the ever ending circle of the routine, destruction and most importantly, regeneration.
In Blue Himalayan Poppies, a borrowed book becomes a stolen token of intimate love, a looming mushroom cloud signifies a teenage couple's belief in the overriding power of human vitality, an empty hotel room turns into a scene of lust so intense and unbridled that it could only be a product of a maid's imagination and a common household is transformed into a glowing Garden of Eden by a sidewalk chalk artist. Jay Ruzesky's exploration of everyday life is a boon and a treasure to us all; he offers the big picture, in which he is just as likely to inform little plastic men found under the couch that "grief/is the other side/of the pleasure your faces speak of" as he is to relate the astonishment of looking into the night sky and realizing "Oh my god, it's full of stars."
It Was Good to Grow Up with the Bomb
The Moon Changes, Even as Your Mind
Flight 3625: Vancouver to Toronto
The Sky That Night
A Map of the Western States
On First Looking over Chapman Motors
Life on Mars
Mies van der Rohe
The Myth of Sisyphus
The Creation of Adam
Fishing with the Boy
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The Green-Eyed Monster
Portrait of a Child with Fever
The Golden Pheasant
The Tyndall Effect
Blue Himalayan Poppies
Original title: Blue Himalayan Poppies
Genre: Poetry→ Verse
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