Nicholas Christopher, |
Crossing the Equator:
New & Selected Poems 1972-2004
Nicholas Christopher's 32-year collection of poetry, Crossing the Equator, showcases the work of a major poet.
The selections in the book reflect the times in which the poet has tasted life in all its rich strangeness. Reading the book is like stepping into a phantasmagoria. Fresh, vivid images surprise and sometimes astonish: "The moon ... for an instant reflected whole in the spectacles of a blind man sitting alone in a parked car."
Christopher's eye for detail creates a synergy as he maps the geography of the human heart, its desires and aspirations amid a tumult of images, some dark, some pleasant, some mundane. Reading the poems is like discovering a new landscape peopled with fantastic characters that are perhaps reflections of the poet's inner self. Some of the poems have a dreamlike quality, such as this:
At dusk rain slants in from the north
Christopher works with the enigma that is life as the raw material for his poetry. The poems journey from cities, to tropical coasts; from rooms stacked with books to "a church filled with fiery flowers" to a mountain top between France and Spain ... a phantasmagoria. The poet juxtaposes exquisite moments with the sure knowledge of death. Death runs through Crossing the Equator like a dark seam of coal in Earth's strata and the detritus of life.
by Barbara Spring