Once in a long while a lyric poet comes along whose technique, emotional pitch, and intellect combine in sublime balance and take poetry to a new level. Witness Adam Sol.
Sol's work is exhilarating in its range. Here he is gentle and mournful, attuned to his surroundings, and suddenly over here he mounts a sneak attack and hits us with erotic joy, erotic threat, history, elegy, comic absurdity, and acts of disturbing ventriloquism somehow stitching it all together with a tightly scored thematic coherence.
For once our eyes are not our first concern, Sol writes, and in poem after poem, as he conducts jay, wasp, streetcar, busker, and lover's breath, he awakens our listening. These poems are about music but they are also about the silence it breaks, and the inevitable recurrence of that silence.
Adam Sol’s fourth collection of poetry, Complicity, was published in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award. His previous collections include Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems that was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award for Poetry in 2008, and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He has published fiction, scholarly essays, reviews for a variety of publications, and recently launched a blog called How a Poem Moves. He co-directs the Flying Books School of Reading and Writing with Martha Sharpe. Sol lives in Toronto with his wife, Rabbi Yael Splansky, and their three sons.