By Troy Jollimore
This can be an eagerly awaited number of new poems from the writer of Tom Thomson in Purgatory, which received the nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award and was once hailed through the recent York occasions as a "snappy, interesting book." A successful follow-up to that acclaimed debut, At Lake Scugog demonstrates why the San Francisco Chronicle has referred to as Troy Jollimore "a new and fascinating voice in American poetry."
Jollimore is a certified thinker, and in witty and profound methods his officially playful poems dramatize philosophical subjects--especially the individual’s relation to the bigger international, and the permeable, regularly moving border among "inner" and "outer." for example, the speaker of "The Solipsist," suspecting that the complete international "lives within your skull," wonders "why / God may make ear and eye / to stand outward, no longer in." And Tom Thomson--a personality who additionally seemed in Jollimore’s first book--finds himself touring like an astronaut throughout the a long way reaches of the distance that fills his head, an event that activates him to invite doorbell be put in "on the inside," in order that he can warn the realm ahead of "intruding on’t."
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Out of range now of Ground Control, and hurtling straight through Ursa Major, Tom accelerates toward the inner wall —the universe’s limit—of his skull . . 26 Tom Thomson in Tumult Regretting his regrets, ashamed of his shame, mortified by his perpetual mortification, Tom hangs a mendacious shingle—away on vacation— and draws the shades. Having only his good name, which no one can recall, to provide him with shelter, he feels too naked and soft to step outside. If he could feel proud of himself, he’d take pride in his pride— but no such luck.
31 Tom Thomson in Flight This is your captain speaking, says God’s voice. Welcome aboard. Today we will be cruising at a great height and very, very fast. People are sitting on Tom’s left and right in what feels like his space. Please do ensure your eyes are closed, souls in the upright position, and your regrets securely stowed. — and places hand on heart, which, sad to say, was once flotation device, these days an anchor. In the event of an event, a mask will drop. If it doesn’t appear to inflate, please do not worry.
Eventually, perhaps, they’ll take the floor to say he wasn’t as good as people thought, a one-trick pony from a one-horse town with hoof perpetually in mouth. He shrugs: say what you like—by then I’ll be long gone— the dead sleep well. And being overrated, he sees at last, is badly underrated. ” Where’s he heard that before? From his own lips. All progress has its equal opposite price: One small step for one man—as mankind trips— (Where’s he heard that before? ) and the echo bounces lightly off the moon: One small step for one man .
At Lake Scugog: poems by Troy Jollimore