Poem On A Train
This landscape chapbook is one long poem set, er, on a train. Well, there’s an introduction too. Anyway, imagine, you’re half–asleep, you’re watching the world pass beyond the cold window, random thoughts simmer in and out of your tired mind. That’s the poem.
But, my god, is it vivid. This is such a visual work that I saw a movie, one long reel, director Derek Jarman, music Alfred Schnittke, narrator a solid confident East Coast voice. Everything is here: now, thoughts, passing scenes, announcements, passengers, recollections, relationships, incidents, everything.
It’s a long poem: 36 pages of larger type, plus one for the introduction. The language is poetic and colloquial, day–to–day, a sequence of phrases, the thoughts of the poet.
They talk about the end of great art
This is a good little book to give someone who enjoys traditional form to introduce them to interesting alternatives. I enjoyed it.
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