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Narcissus In The Dark Paperback – July 17, 2012
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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"Prosetry"--a combination of prose and poetry--is the neologism coined to represent such nuanced, invigorating and multi-layered language. For what else can describe the lyrical descriptions that illuminate every page of Smolin's and God's ruminations on the universe, sex, religion, humor, love--in short, all the key elements of human existence? Take God's recollections of the sunlight on his closed eyelids, sunlight that "suffuses my dreams with unnameable colors, colors that float past before I can find their place in the spectrum, the colors of one's birth and just before it." Concrete Whitmanesque catalogues ironically document the illusory world we cannot actually see: "Empty space, implied crystal, ectoplasmic artifacts, vanished magic." God's cellmate, a spider named Flippy, spins apparent nonsense tunes full of repetition: "The spider doesn't learn/The spider doesn't learn/It knows what it's always known/The spider doesn't learn."
Yet such apparent silly singing mirrors (or mocks) the more intense litany that weaves its way throughout the text in the form of Smolin's numerous aphorisms: "Freaky surreality soaks the globe in molten sequences." "Incongruities can be profound.Read more ›