I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that I like Hollo’s later poems more than his earlier poems, which is not to say that I’d rank him up there with Roethke or even Robinson Jeffers.
Even when he’s serious, as he is here in
to arrive in front of large video screen,
in pleasantly air-conditioned home with big duck pond in back,
some nice soft drinks by elbow, some good american snacks as well.
at least four hundred grand in the bank, and that’s for checking
an undisclosed amount in investments, and a copacetic evening
watching the latest military techné
wipe out poverty everywhere in the world
in its most obvious form, the poor
he manages to do so without sounding too serious. The truth of his insights, though, can be seen when you notice this poem was published in 1983, and is not just a knee-jerk reaction to the Bush-Cheney cabal. Perhaps its humorous tone makes it all the more effective.
I’m also fond of an even lighter poem,
big event was when
box I had set on
top of logs burning
in the grate toppled out
of the fireplace in a lively
state of combustion
perhaps because it reminds me of my own life in retirement where the biggest aggravation of the day is having to wait until 1:00 for UPS to deliver Photoshop CS3, and then being unable to install it without considerable angst.
Perhaps because I’ve been guilty of the same kind of foolishness and become flustered in trying to solve the problem.
Such is my life. Hopefully yours is more exciting, though I’ve had some visitors comment that they come here to get cheered up.