Tuesday, March 29, 2005

John Thompson's Stilt Jack

Just finished John Thompson's Stilt Jack. Does anyone else notice comparisons to Plath in that the context of what he's transcribing here seems to come from a place of suicidal tendancy... Of course the entire thing is breathtaking, even the few bouts with projective repetition that seem to parallel the mundane, or rather, eventual relinquishment of the/a life itself. Like how he ties in religion, fishing, ocean/salt presences repeatedly. Tells of a man living off the land; but also experiencing the depth of it all, coupled with the marriage of language and the sometimes subtle, sometimes full-on, but never trite, imagery. These words will haunt me for a long time, I hope forever.


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