In You Can't Go Back, Exactly, Louis Daniel Brodsky shows us, with delight and poignancy, how "a few of Earth's miracles work." While we never may be able to go back, exactly, we have the good fortune, through Mr. Brodsky's great skill in measuring the distances between past and present "with metaphor and rhyme-chime," to have, for a moment, a fleeting glimpse of a lake cabin's screen door kept "from closing, forever," while the deepest wisdom of the heart is ". . . forever in the dripping sunset's net." The father knows that the ritual he initiates in bringing his son to camp "Contains the same words and phrases / The Lord spoke to Abraham about Isaac," while the poet celebrates a return to "this sacred place" where the beauty of the ephemeral and the wonder of the eternal become one.
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"These poems are about a boys' summer camp: a difficult subject whether the poet is indulging his own memories of life at such a camp years ago or thinking of his son's experience there. But many of the poems come off well. "Counselors' Night Off," "Male Bonding," "C.N.O.C.," and "Walt Whitman in the Land of Paul Bunyan," for example, are well handled. "A Grieving Rain" is particularly good: the emotion is evoked but it is controlled and the poem makes its point. I have read these poems with very real enjoyment." (Cleanth Brooks, author of Understanding Poetry and William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawhpa Country )