Read these poems. Read them, and be prepared to enter an astonishing world in which you already live. This world is full of the familiar: rhododendron leaves, mourning doves, soup from a can. This world is full of the wondrous: supersonic play, ice fog, helical splines. What you cannot prepare yourself for is the alchemy of a Chuck Tripi poem, which will leave you saying of the familiar, “I never knew,” and of the wondrous, “Of course, it must be so.”
In this new world of yours, as you read these poems, you will barrel-roll, melt, drift, scatter, bob, turn, return, dance, stumble, swoon, fall, rise, land, ride, teeter, spin, dream, crave, crash, wake, yearn—but these are the names for sensations you already know, having lived in this world for so many years. In these poems, you will recognize the names of things you have been learning all your life. You will be introduced to your own senses, to your own mind. In “Drifting,” you will be taken like a little boat, subject to the tides and winds:
Into its happy objects the mind goes
as a little, drifting boat in sunlight
might be taken, this way in morning,
that way toward night, its captain
with his hat brim down over his eyes,
shirtless, no lotion, half asleep, free.
Newton, New Jersey, U.S.A
As a professional pilot I can relate to a few of the poems that bring "flight" into the mix, however I found too many messages in each poem. A few were heart rending, a few uplifting, and the majority obscure.
"Carlo and Sophia" by Chuck Tripi is a masterful collection. I say that because I read it expecting some nice poems, and what I got was the work of a master poet, someone whom you'd expect to be writing not a first book (I cannot find others), but a later work; for Chuck Tripi reads like a poet steeped in his craft over years. The poems are of a long life lived, and lived well and with attention. A beautiful life. The Carlo of the title is having a talk, I think, with the goddess of Wisdom, Sophia; and a lifetime of loves, explorations, longings, rages, miscalculations, swerves, and shudders comes to us, the readers, with such sure stokes, a grateful reader can take it all in with joy, all of that life. To read it in one sitting is best. And to read it over years, better. I look forward to those years.
"Carlo and Sophia", the poetry collection by Chuck Tripi, includes very powerful poems revealing the motive-powers of the poet's soul. Emily Dickinson describes the poet in "This was a poet," distilling "amazing sense/From ordinary Meanings." This is truly applicable to these extraordinary poems by Chuck Tripi.
Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agrawal