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In Blue Nocturne
, W. Nick Hill creates a dreamscape by embracing dualities, then holding them up to the light until the reader becomes “the dream painter/in the shadow world/awakening.” Beginning with a powerful section of hexagram poems, Hill takes us on a voyage to “the center of the nothingness,” layering image upon image in a variety of nocturnes on subjects ranging from bugs to insomnia, interweaving the natural world as “the I fades/into the forgiveness of forests.” An adept translator of poems, Hill reminds us “no translation [is] /needed to know the heart’s gallop.” Like the best Zen koans, these poems leave an indelible afterimage.
Holly J. Hughes, author of Sailing by Ravens (University of Alaska Press, 2014) and The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Books, 2012)