Everything Reminds You of Something Else by Elana Wolff is the poet’s fifth solo collection of poetry. Wolff is a Toronto-based poet, essayist, translator, and creator and facilitator of therapeutic art courses. She has taught English for Academic Purposes at York University in Toronto and at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Wolff’s poetry taps deep into the reader’s imagination. Words roll off the tongue and pass an almost dream like a vision. Alliteration and words that change in small degrees lead to leaps and jumps in meanings. Sometimes the words are fun and sometimes they induce a psychedelic journey. Not a drug induced Jim Morrison journey, but an intellectual, thinking journey into complex word masterpiece.
In the deep field where the spool people’s
old moon sometimes succeeds in moving
bog waters in June—to flow over
wan weeds and make them gleam, we meet
I felt for a while the sky was mine: the moon
the stars, the indigo wind; sun’s pale circle
rising at the horizon
I was slaked like a calf at the teat last night,
perhaps because the stars were low,
so low their leaky light suffused the garden.
Wolff weaves together themes of seasons, the moon, and the solstice. There is a primitiveness in the view of nature in many of the poems. The reader learns we are made of a combination of stardust and rain. Our complexity comes from the basic materials of nature; we are more than the sum of ingredients and poetry is much more than the sum of the words. A deep and enjoyable collection of poetry.