Let Us Sit Upon the Ground
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"A rabbit broken open / on the highway." This is one of the many outstanding images in Dan Rattelle's Let Us Sit Upon the Ground. In this collection, Rattelle excels as both lyric poet and haruspex. He shows us a world of splintered beauty, a landscape of memories that both haunt and enchant as we are drawn into a world that is equal parts doomed and eternal.
"The title of Daniel Rattelle's chapbook, Let Us Sit Upon the Ground, references Shakespeare's Richard II--which is fitting, as so many of these poems straddle the invisible fence separating past and present. In one poem, Scarp-Hedon rubs shoulders with Morrissey. In another, we're with Melville and Hawthorne, and a few stanzas later we're considering Prometheus's torment. Rattelle's speaker gets drunk and dreams he's a pre-Raphaelite; or, they're in "A Station of a Metro" filled with investment bankers." This constant oscillation in Rattelle's work reminds us the history of humanity is a short one, and we ought to be both humbled and excited by that."