Coming and Going: “The Geometry of Wishes” by Randall Watson

Contributing writer Savanah Burns wrote this post in celebration of Randall Watson’s new book with Texas Review Press.

Everything has a place and time in life, and then life goes on, right? This is what nature warns us with the changing of the tree leaves. But in our own lives, the special and the ordinary moments in life come too fast and go too quickly. Those moments you didn’t know would be important until later on, such as when you first fall in love. And those moments you knew would change everything, such as the day your lover leaves.

Last week, Randall Watson’s poetry book, The Geometry of Wishes was released. It was a special day for Texas Review Press and Watson. Watson’s book begins in the colorful time of autumn and ends with springtime leaves. Watson shares his lyrical meditations on loving and having lost love, on feeling young and having aged.

“Tiger’s eye./ Alpache Tear./ A crushed napkin from the Black Eyed Pea/ where Valerie left me./ A small wooden Maitreya/ the so-called ‘happy’ Buddha/ of the future/ missing a foot./ A Bit of broken scrimshaw/ from Alaska.”

– Randall Watson, p. 29, “Treasure” from The Geometry of Wishes.

Watson shares piece of his bones and soul as he shares elegiac thoughts that are, at times, nostalgic.

However, Watson also explores what his nostalgic realizations and experiences of loss, such as the paradoxical. That is, when a loss is a gain. He expresses everyday aspects of loss within growth, such as when one eats a tangerine. And, sometimes, through his poetic insightfulness, he shows a dark humor that might be realized after-the-fact.

All around, Watson’s collection of poems will move you through the inescapable patterns of loss only to have you become more aware of his and your environment, as well as experiences, through which you and other readers can come to acknowledge our collective mutuality and tenderness as strangers living among each other.

If you’d like to welcome Watson’s new book, please visit http://www.texasreviewpress.org/. Click on the book cover and purchase it through TAMU before they all go!

SAVANAH BURNS is a young poet from Huntsville. She studied English and History at Sam Houston State University, where she completed a short novella for her honors thesis. Her writing has been featured in Beacon, an undergraduate magazine, and HistoricalMX, an online historical journal. Her poem, “Starry Night,” won first prize in 2016 for a college and university contest held by The Academy of American Poets, which included an online publication. She is currently pursuing an M. F. A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry at SHSU. She is a new addition to the Texas Review Press as a graduate assistant, as well as a new addition to the Gordian Review as its poetry editor. She is excited for what lies ahead.

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