Riddles, Etc. by Geoffrey Hilsabeck
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In his debut collection, Riddles, Etc., Geoffrey Hilsabeck proves himself adept at paradox, a poet who reaches toward the largeness of the cosmos in order to bring its essence closer to us. Approaching his subjects with the difficult task of describing their spirit without naming it directly, this collection is also a love letter—“Dear citizen stargazer”—to the known and unknown. A singular imagination is at work here, writing toward the unique and peculiar qualities of things and beings, displaying the intricate similarities of all phenomena.
Geoffrey Hilsabeck is the author of the chapbooks The Keepers of Secrets and Vaudeville. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Seneca Review, 6X6, Bomb, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, and the Poetry Foundation. He teaches at West Virginia University and lives in Morgantown, WV.