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October, Etc.

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I am quite happy to say goodbye to October. While I managed to accomplish quite a bit of my first term assignments, it has been rough surviving all of the stress and trying to find a balance. 

Picked up a few more books this past week. I have found myself turning to a fair bit of poetry this past month as this generally happens when I become stressed. There is something calming and soothing about the nature of poetry. 

Canadian Adam Sol has a collection called: “Jeremiah, OHIO”.

In Jeremiah, Ohio, Adam Sol reinvents the Biblical prophet and doomsayer Jeremiah for the postmodern age, and sends him on a reeling road trip through the strip malls and back roads of the United States with an ordinary, everyman companion, Bruce. The mismatched pair are thrown together by accident, but come to value each other as they travel in early September toward the “promised city” of New York. 

The verse in this ambitious, politically charged, and beautiful book alternates between the two main characters — while Jeremiah delivers strange, super-charged “prophecies” full of incendiary language and deliberately mixed metaphors, Bruce offers down-to-earth catalogues of mundane details and daily struggles in the American empire. With these inspired creations, Adam Sol fully delivers the mastery of language and subtlety of insight promised in his earlier work. – Taken from Anansi Press

Adam Sol has managed to capture “voice” very well in this collection. At times this collection reads like prose, and yet it still has a musical quality. The best way I could describe this collection: as an Old Testament “On the Road” lyrical adventure. Definitely worth your time.

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Written by thebeliever07

November 1, 2008 at 9:16 am

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