Books: Danger, Poet at Work

Readers of London's highbrow Horizon are triple-annealed against literary stresses. Even so, some must look twice or thrice at a clutch of verses by José Garcia Villa in the current issue. Sample:

A,living,giant,all,in,little,pieces, Out, of,death's,kingdom,into,shine— My, dark,hero, out, of, death's,answers, My, deep,hero, out, of,death's,mirrors: My,living,brilliant,my,living,garnet.

For punctuational conservatives, Poet Villa provided an explanatory note:

"The reader . . . may be perplexed and puzzled at my use of the comma: it is a new, special and poetic use to which I have put it. The commas appear in the poems functionally, and thus not for eccentricity; and they are there also poetically, that...

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