Deep History & Old Childhood: 3 New Poems at Isacoustic

4 thoughts on “Deep History & Old Childhood: 3 New Poems at Isacoustic”

  1. St Magnus steals it for me. The column of images are confident, you sound sure of yourself more than ever & there is the powerful, chiasmus (could you call it that?, it has a similar effect on me)

    “remember death while you live so the living
    might remember you when you are dead.”

    & the send off would melt butter. a lovely dedication to your wife.
    i recall reading ‘When on high’, perhaps you sent it me. i lose track of all the stuff you send me, sorry. i do remember it though, a good reflective poem. Wish i could remember that much of my childhood. i just remember wanting to be an adult.

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  2. I’m glad that’s the one that hits you; after HOS it’s the longest poem I’ve done & even as it seemed to write itself, I was terrified it wouldn’t justify itself.

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  3. Seeing as it is a travel poem, i think the length is justified, it fulfills something of the journey, the distance you travel in space & time. If you wend on in a burial poem, it doesn’t work too well, because you don’t exact the space requirements, only the time ones, so the length of the poem must be adjusted, but i read this without thinking, “when is he going to finish” & Barton seems to have seen the value in it, even considering its length & Barton’s poems are usually pretty short, so it must have held his attention.

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