From Library Journal
Dischell (Good Hope Road, LJ 12/92) establishes his landscapes, interior and exterior, early in his new collection. A series of poems called "Evening" paces the wandering through streets and avenues, houses, shops, and scenic niches. With lyric and narrative poems Dischell shows a wry perspective, an offbeat wit and sensitivity. "When I find a pair of underpants on the sidewalk,/ Women's or men's, I know there's a story behind them." The immediacy of such a response, the need to react, generates the passion in these poems. If Dischell is sad, he has a sad story; if lonely, he has a story of a lonely soul. This assortment of moods elicits a wide range of stories and meditations. Like the fisherfolk, "not long ago" the poet's work "was glamorous./ Something heroic about the netting of fish./ And girls in halter tops would crowd around/ and pictures would be taken." Dischell's own poetry-photographs of the end of the century turn out sharp and honest. Highly recommended.Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
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