By David Zieroth
Throughout the e-book, the observant eye of a customer witnesses the layering of background and the modern, and contemplates the juxtaposition of the sensible features of traveling ("noise") with emotional and religious evolution ("Nude self-portrait’"). Responding to greats akin to W.H. Auden, James Joyce and Albrecht Dürer, the speaker expresses how viewing international art or listening to unusual tune can spark a brand new knowledge, not just of foreign tradition, yet of the expression of existence and the human condition.
The poems mood the excessive with the low, reflecting the numerous dualities of wanderlust. Stately houses are contrasted with war-scarred structure, and sleepless nights, crowded trains and overlooked connections offset literature and symphony. "Berlin Album" displays at the stains the previous has left on modern day Germany: "church bells at 6:00 p.m. / from spires on Borsigstrasse / cross an iron sound via rippled home windows / so my physique vibrates, and recollects / bullet holes in stone partitions alongside the Spree." "on first listening to Mahler’s 5th" echoes that musical composition to reflect and evoke life’s tune and "weeds grew whereas i used to be away" describes the surprise of returning domestic with the expectancy of stasis purely to discover that issues have changed.
Attentive, humble and expertly crafted, Albrecht Dürer and me is a shuttle diary rife with evocative photograph, sensory element and eloquent mirrored image, narrated with a good, mature voice.
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