Nate Klug's Consent
Consent is Nate Klug's first collection of poetry, fresh, observant and wise, insisting that transcendence can only be recognized from within the material world. In the opening poem, "Dare," the reader is introduced to Klug's surprising syntax and precise diction, as well as his subtle use of phonetic figures. The second stanza reads:
Salt grime and the foodcarts'
"Dare" ends with Klug managing to ground the concept of ontology by suggesting that 'it' (or perhaps God) can only be understood as a myriad, rather than a particular:
as though this life
In "Conjugations," a poem that appears later in the collection, Klug directly addresses another theme of the collection, that of language -- both its limitations and it mysterious ability to bring into being. "Conjugations" speaks of a garden that "people pay to walk," and "stoop to mouth the names --":
"Conjugations" concludes, as so many poems in Consent, with Klug's ability to bring the abstract into focus with just a couple simple lines, "each particular / ridiculous to be."
big tree's... cauliflower crown,
The question that ends "Errand" is the question that seems to glint just below the surface of every poem of Consent: "is this praise then"?
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