Sharon Doubiago reviews Deconstruction of the Blues

Richard Silberg Deconstruction of the Blues. Red Hen (CDC, dist.) $15.95 (104p) ISBN 1-59709-051-4

Brilliant. "Writing About Writing." And death. And existence. The mystery of self and others, the connections between us. "life this hot painted wandering burning to burn / the book of itself." Exquisite comedy and play of language. Richard Silberg is the rare philosopher linguist poet with humor and great heart. "how it sucks our souls out between / our teeth to write it to you / dear reader these words." Yes, and "what joy!" You will finish this book, dear reader, "feeling unreasonably happy." All are wonderful but there are some truly astounding poems here.