Review: At the End of Time

Eric Shonkwiler
Jun 28, 2016 · 2 min read

Richard Krech
Poetry: The Incomplete Works, Vol II.
194 pages
5” x 8” perfect-bound trade paperback
(Also available in hand-bound, signed hardcover edition)
ISBN 978–1–934513–27–9
First Edition
Buffalo, New York, USA
Available HERE
Review originally published on 1/22/14

Jumping in mid-collection, I wondered if I’ve missed out on something vital of Krech’s, if there was some acclimation I needed to see his work properly. Perhaps I’m seeking chronology and perspective where there needn’t be any, and where, in particular, Krech would be happy to find none. His work, as globe-trotting as any I’ve ever read, is influenced heavily by a Buddhist mindset. This demands a remove from most things — from perspective, from needs, from time. As in the best poetry, to Krech, centuries can mean little, or plenty. In “Nishat Bagh Revisited”:

[ … ] The location where the Moghuls sat
under the trees
beside the channeled water
which spills into Dal Lake
still exists. [ … ]

[ … ] The place where the Moghuls sat
under the trees eating fruit
watching the rushing water in its channel
as it spills into Dal Lake
no longer exists. [ … ]

[ … ] Time will tell which is correct.

[ … ] Barefoot monks
and youth with cell phone cameras
fight well-fed men
with automatic weapons.

Truth has a way
of finding the light.

(from “Garuda, or Message from Burma.”)

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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