By Rick Hilles
The poems that make up A Map of the misplaced World variety from tightly-wrought shorter lyrics to longer autobiographical narratives to styles of homage (in a number of kinds) of poets that Hilles admires and emulates (including Richard Hugo, James Wright, James Merrill and Larry Levis) to prolonged voice-driven meditations, one within the voice of a German Jewish girl, a prisoner who could break out a French focus camp and move directly to struggle within the French resistance, to different efforts to confront heritage and never be wolfed via background, and to find, even resuscitate, neighbors misplaced to demise, if purely provisionally; even though every one poem in A Map of the misplaced World is extremely crafted and diversely rendered, during this assortment, every one poem reveals its unifying impulse in it’s maker’s wish to span enormous distances to arrive household, cherished others, a few of the households of associates, fueled via a virtually gymnastic mind's eye that vaults itself into nearly any space—going to just about any length—sustained through a few of the kinds of love, which, in any case, will be as shut as any people has come (in this or any existence) to figuring out and warming ourselves, if no longer additionally from time to time being scalded by way of, the immortal fires of the Infinite.
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