Rhyll McMaster

Review Short: Rhyll McMaster’s Late Night Shopping

The lyric that opens Rhyll McMaster’s Late Night Shopping begins with the recently deceased and ends in a majestic, albeit materialist, transcendence:

When molecules cease their high humming 
dark space appears. 
It radiates in waves and disperses in continuous air. (‘Shell’)

This sets the tone for a book concerned with the grand themes of life and death, time and age, philosophy and science. The poet Frank O’Hara longed to be a painter; many poets long to be philosophers. The poem ‘Philosophy in a Ghosting Universe’ is, among other things, concerned with the poet’s failure as a philosopher …

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