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The linguistic phenomena of Peter Ganick’s poetic sequence,
untitled poems for a wednesday evening, unfold as a
topographic map of a Möbius strip. Neither inside, nor outside,
but both simultaneously: sound and sense. This is the manifold
where sheep can reverse engines, where sparrows can be
spared the details. Any slice reveals the distal phalanx pointing
towards its essential circuit board-ness. The logic gates
amplify the villanelle properties. Cactus milk and calypso inroads
are the incalculable alchemy congealing littoral into letter.
For more than thirty years Peter Ganick has been one of our
most generous and meditative poets. He has also been
demanding of the reader, frequently creating texts of hundreds
of pages, poems, or sections. Here he humbly offers a short
work, “untitled,” but for a specified brief time: “wednesday
evening.” If you missed his first work or all that followed,
read this most recent one: a new direction, a way to begin –
“an inquiry threads a theory / for palms’ wizardry – ”
Here is a different Peter Ganick, whose newest poems,
resoundingly philosophical, metaphysical in their musicality,
become more tangible, more directly shaped in a context more
intellectually quotidian than that of previous work. Boundaries
created for these Wednesday poems, appropriately titled for
middle-of-the-week realities, allow humor, reflection, human
feeling, to a greater degree than Ganick’s recent, prior poems.
The mind within and beneath these pieces is infinitely shimmering,
even as the poet’s signature sotto voce consistently asserts itself.
The word evidence comes to mind as I experience surprise, delight,
and full engagement in the life of Peter Ganick’s newest and very
–Sheila E. Murphy