Repulsion Thrust Paperback – December 3, 2009
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- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1906609306
- ISBN-13 : 978-1906609306
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.27 x 7.99 inches
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- Publisher : Bewrite Books (December 3, 2009)
- Language: : English
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Imagine, then, when I found myself riveted by the poems of Magdalena Ball in her new anthology titled REPULSION THRUST published by BeWrite Books. To be honest, I am somewhat biased in this evaluation by my background as a professional scientist. I found myself (almost) sexually aroused by the appearance of references to Schrödinger's cat, six quark flavors, Darwinian foundations, the amygdala, and many others that I'm omitting lest I be regarded as a big fat, smarty-pants.
But REPULSION THRUST is not just a parochial anthology of poems for investigators of natural law. The scientific references will only whet the interest of those unfamiliar with the technical terminology, not confuse or put them off. Ball's poetry qualifies as an unsentimental sojourn through the naked brain. Her jagged lines prevent readers from resting too easy in their comfy chairs. A mild, anxiety-provoking mood pervades every page. The occasional "cigarette break" comfort arrived only at the times when I was reminded of Natalie Angier's outstanding science writing in "The Canon."
REPULSION THRUST will appeal to anybody who appreciates smart, terse writing, whether informed by prose or poetry. And the price is unbeatable.
My favorite? "Night Swims" What's yours?
"...no candles in the larder
no coffee in the pot
lose the power or take out the plug
the whole damn show
From: "Folly of Growth"
"...this learned man
fastgrowing speed thinker
at the head of the table
amidst knowledge starved suckers
anxious to climb his body..."
Poem after poem tackles the technological challenges of our day, not technologically but exquisitely poetically. My copy has been my companion for the last week; I pull it out, as I'm am having tea at my local coffee shop, or waiting for the bus, or walking though the neighborhood. I read a poem or two, and then reflect, and smile-I'm in no hurry to finish:
thrust through the repulsion
turn it to love
what else is there?"
I've read that these poems are about love. I can't seem to grasp that notion. Yes, some do mention love, but not in the sense that you expect love to be spoken about, so I found myself wondering, "what the heck are they talking about?" These poems, to me, speak of a place in one's soul many are hesitant to expose in a world that is primarily preoccupied with conforming to social expectation. And you'll just have to read the collection to find out exactly what I mean by that. ;o)
To paraphrase one of Ball's lines in "Equinox," she slices great slabs of poetry from her tongue and pen. The buzzard light of dawn contrasts with the prophecy that in our digital age, the flick of a switch can doom us to literal and emotional darkness. Anyone who thinks science is cold should take a microscope to Ball's universe in which electromagnetic radiation from emotional emissions creates a tiny scientific revolution. This collection of poems is enough to inspire creative writing majors to switch to astronomy and physics. Perhaps maybe not. But Ball's verses will cause a paradigm shift.