The cover of Disturbances (1981), Greg Simison’s first book of poetry, suggests that the volume will leave a reader feeling content: the illustration of a jolly-looking teddy bear in the bathroom mirror is somehow comforting. However, the volume’s 54 free verse lyric poems, as the title suggests, deal largely with traumas—mental, emotional and moral: “...my best work / has always stemmed from conflict / / ...a little creative agony” (40). The poems are short (the longest being 33 lines in three stanzas), an emotional, at times intensely introspective, reaction to disappointments and injustices in society, romance, and humanity’s treatment of nature.
The opening (and title) poem introduces an isolated and …
Ratz, Alexis. "Disturbances". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 September 2004
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