In the World Enormous

In the World Enormous

Tomer Inbar

In the World Enormous is a collection of poems engaged in transition, conversation and what falls between. They focus on a period that begins shortly before the death of Tomer Inbar’s mother and ends after the birth of his twin daughters. In this, the poems constitute a way of thinking out of and about passing and starting again, taking things in their energy, rhythm and moment, including in words with their simultaneously infinite, immediate intimacy and enormity. They have a plangent, even restless, form, with Inbar tellingly indeterminate regarding the direction in which we read and connect and so being open to their engagement from bottom up or top down, moving this way and that, forward and back—though all in one piece. Thought as assemblage seems to sway to subtleties of moment as a momentum that defines a space and way to move through, as presence comes together to inscribe sense, experience or idea. Inbar writes, “These poems like their movement. I like how these poems move. Apart from the definitional, I find comfort in being present as things move. With sibilance. On their own volition. Taking the qualities of their construction along.” More perhaps than this, these poems seem to compel us to think an impossible thought.

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