Engines of Desire Kindle Edition
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My personal favorite is Wolf Run, included among the wonderful surprise "bonus tracks" of the work.
"I caught the last boat to Europe
And trembled the whole passage
Burned it behind me so I couldn’t return
Dusted down old streets and drank from rough mugs
Fleeing south and east from habit
"I assume you waddled after me
With luck and money spanned oceans
Old men had written books to describe my nascent flight"
Poet Linton Robinson is also a well-known journalist. He demonstrates his flexibility and imagination in Engines of Desire.
Well done, Jan Marshall
The book contains major works such as the MASS OF THE SHEPHERD and DIRECTIONS FOR NESTERS. But as fine an example for a short review is the following from THREE POEMS ABOUT DEIGO AND FRIDA:
Caló is the cant of the alley and gutter
The slang of the ghetto and the tenement
A private language against the law
Against the church and the landlords
Against the conquest and the submission
Against those others, who talk so fine
But hear so poorly and understand so little
It's Spanish not so much broken as shattered
And refried and patched-up and darned
It`s serviceable enough for the big markets
The three stool restaurants, the carts in the alley
Language so torn and frayed that it's a badge
Mother tongue to the outcast, to the shirtless
To the criminals, addicts, whores, beggars, and cripples
Those buried alive in humanity
An ugly idiom that bears down like a speeding bus
Can fracture backbones like a ruined tower
Can turn a beautiful boy into a prison
Can turn love into the worst torment of all
Can make on heart beat as two
Can change a white lily into an impaling spike
Can turn a ruptured heart into a flaming parrot
Can turn city dregs into a family
Can turn crumbled bones to bread
Can turn gutter language into anthems
Can turn paint on the walls into prayer
Lin Robinson has always been and will always be an important voice out of the past - a past that continues to linger just by reading his poetry. Grady Harp May 15