Anyone

Paperback | March 26, 2015

byNate Klug

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Milton’s God
Where I-95 meets The Pike,
a ponderous thunderhead flowered—
 
stewed a minute, then flipped
like a flash card, tattered
edges crinkling in, linings so dark
with excessive bright
 
that, standing, waiting, at the overpass edge,
the onlooker couldn’t decide
 
until the end, or even then,
what was revealed and what had been hidden.
 
 
Using a variety of forms and achieving a range of musical effects, Nate Klug’s Anyone traces the unraveling of astonishment upon small scenes—natural and domestic, political and religious—across America’s East and Midwest. The book’s title foregrounds the anonymity it seeks through several means: first, through close observation (a concrete saw, a goshawk, a bicyclist); and, second, via translation (satires from Horace and Catullus, and excerpts from Virgil’s Aeneid). Uniquely among contemporary poetry volumes, Anyone demonstrates fluency in the paradoxes of a religious existence: “To stand sometime / outside my faith . . . or keep waiting / to be claimed in it.” Engaged with theology and the classics but never abstruse, all the while the poems remain grounded in the phenomenal, physical world of “what it is to feel: /  moods, half moods, / swarming, then darting loose.”

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Milton’s God Where I-95 meets The Pike, a ponderous thunderhead flowered—   stewed a minute, then flipped like a flash card, tattered edges crinkling in, linings so darkwith excessive bright   that, standing, waiting, at the overpass edge, the onlooker couldn’t decide   until the end, or even then, what was revealed and what had been h...

Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a book-length adaptation of Virgil’s Eclogues. A UCC-Congregationalist minister, he has served churches in North Guilford, Connecticut, and Grinnell, Iowa.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:March 26, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022619695X

ISBN - 13:9780226196954

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Work
Conjugations
Milton’s God
Letter of Introduction, Samuel Palmer to His Patron
Thinking
The Choice
Dusk in Jasper County
Home
Neighbors
To Egnatius, Who Won’t Stop Smiling
Jon’s Jog
Advent

Parade
A Message
Lullaby on Election Eve
Lost Seasons
Shifts
In Calico Rock, Arkansas
Novitiate
Gift
Three Days
Octonaire on the World’s Vanity and Inconstancy
Sound from Sound
Sacred Harp Sing, Bethel Primitive Baptist
Anyone

Dare
Errand
Predestination
The Truly Fucked
Petition
The Gladiator
Twenty-Something
Trail
True Love
Squirrels
Mercy
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"Klug's poems are like containers catching rain, ping by ping, they have perfect sound patterns made by the formation of a water they create themselves falling in. The Merton-Zukovsky epigraph at the start—‘In the whole that is unnecessary, every small thing becomes necessary’—perfectly captures the background for such finely tuned poems, as necessary as rain."