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Solute by Daniel Padilla
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Daniel Padilla's Solute is a first book by a young poet who is, as it says in one poem, standing at the threshold of desire. Desire, to want, is the verb of choice in Padilla s world, a desire to feel, a desire to be dangerous, a desire to be loved, to be understood, to be connected with others, a desire to find oneself whole in this world, not to mention the poet's own need, his hunger for ink, to make from this desire an artifact of language charged with meaning. Even when Padilla's speakers prove to find themselves immobile, or unmoving, as in Wanderlust, even in this static state the body still exists, there is the I am of presence, and through it all, even at its darkest hour, the heart still seeks: my body/ambitious/with desire. Here in these poems, here in this world, a light remains. This is a book that, standing at the center of it all, speaking out to us from the heart s deepest core, is a voice that conjures up and paints for us a portrait of the artist as a young man, a young man who is a young poet who, like a child who sees more of the world than us adults do with our tired eyes, build[s]/ ideas/ in a sandbox/ hoping for rain.

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