- Paperback: 122 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1977886434
- ISBN-13: 978-1977886439
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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"PW Covington does what I've never seen a poet do. He opens a window to the ordinary and gives you a good look at its stark reality without dressing it up. There's no corpse hidden under the floorboards, no flower pushing up between the concrete cracks, nothing grotesque or picturesque, and that is ok. Just because it is nothing more or less than what it is, doesn't mean it isn't worth a better look than you've ever given it before; and that is what this collection of poems does."
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About the Author
PW Covington has been invited to share his brand of NeoBeat poetic madness from the Mexican border to the Dakotas and from San Francisco's Beat Museum to Havana, Cuba. Covington's hard-lived experience and expansive world-view are hallmarks of his creative work. His poetry has won International praise and his short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. PW Covington lives in Northern New Mexico, two blocks off of historic Route 66.
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Among the poems, my favorites are the following: 1) "Down to the Ocean in Hopes" -- faintly reminded me of the conclusion to Kate Chopin's "The Awakening," yet the tone here is of renewal more so than despair. 2) "Quiet is a Color" -- pictures a drive from the heart of Texas toward New Mexico, the road's visuals comparable to hallucinated beauty. 3) "Concessions" – here I could almost perceive the earthy tones and desert odors of Pueblo territory! I spotted nods to Lone Star territory via "H.E.B." and "Crosses in the Bar Ditch"; plus, a very specific site in my area of southernmost Texas is mentioned in "If I Die in Philadelphia."
At times with unbridled expletives, caustic humor, or a minimalist flair, the poems convey such background experiences as military service ("10th Street"), legal sentencing ("Distance"), drug rehab ("Recovery"), and panhandling ("Navarro Street"). Relevant to current events, there are observations on colonialism in "Shores of the Cannon Ball (Mni Wiconi)," isolationism in "Walls," marred authority in "Never Believe a Cop," and international tragedy in "Friday the 13th (Paris 2015)." I appreciated seeing a bachelor's life reflected in entries such as "Laundromat Blues," and was impressed by analogies like the one found in "Value Menu."
Covington has a musicality to his verse that is uniquely his own, and it seems like I have seen his work somewhere around the web before. My favorites from this collection were "Walls" (p. 16), a short but effective poem with a very timely theme, "Amazon" (pp. 22-23), a poem about the titular website, and "West" (p. 75-76), a true travel poem.
There are many engaging titles among these, and the collection is attractive and professionally put together. Many thanks to author for providing his book for my unbiased review.
Texans will remember their fourth grade indoctrination in "Small Schools on County Roads." From Texas he takes us along the highway into New Mexico. The tone of his poems changes, but the vitality, the urgency of what he needs to tell us, is still very much there. When he confesses "Some of us choose to live on the edge" in "Recovery" we know which path he has chosen. Do you dare to come along with him?
This slim book should take you years to read. It is easily slipped into your carry-on or in your purse. Pull it out when you travel. Keep a copy by your bed and fall asleep knowing he is awake, writing furiously, on the edge and bringing back more poetry.