Misadventure - Richard Meier

“Misadventure” will only be fully appreciated by adults, I found. There was a lot I got out of these poems, with their imagery and moving thoughts, but I know I wasn’t able to fully appreciate some of them, such as “Building Matilda”, a poem divided up into fragments which focus on the journey to fatherhood. It’s a collection that is beautifully honest and as a result is very moving in its intentions. It’s a collection I’ll gladly revisit in the coming years as it offers quite a bit, with its somewhat minimalistic portrayal of the world, slipping into the personal past as well as the historical past, gradually mapping out the paths between past, present, and future in an endless journey.