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Sydney Lea
Posted by: Veronika (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 09, 2006 07:00AM

Does anyone know his poetry? He has a reading next week in a nearby town. I was just wondering if it is worth the trip. Any info would be very much appreciated.


Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/09/2006 07:37AM by Veronika.

Re: Sydney Lea
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 09, 2006 10:04AM

Not initially familiar, but I looked some up on the net.

They seem to be of that narrative style, which I suppose would work if he has a good voice.

Apparently likes dogs, which is always a good thing.

Re: Sydney Lea
Posted by: Hugh Clary (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 09, 2006 11:37AM

Doesn't read like poetry to me. Too prosey for my tastes, I mean. What's poetry? Easier to define what isn't. This isn't:

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Evening Walk as the School Year Starts
by Sydney Lea

When was the last lobotomy, I wonder? Too late for Carl at least, whom it’s all but hopeless to think of as a whipsaw of hateful passion that would if it could have torn up his mother and father, mild as they are; but that's how old villagers say Carl acted before he was cut. Their smiles are rueful. They shake their heads, subtle. A raven, unsubtle, grates from a hemlock as Carl steps into sight.

His wave's familiar: he jerks and drops one palm. How old must he be? He's ageless. His eyes are empty—the operation. He turns now: ninety degrees,
then ninety again like a sentry, the other way. He turns the same on each warm evening, retreating past the house of our mutual neighbor, who will not speak
to Carl's father, for reasons likely beyond recall. It seems a shame not to edit grievances.

It’s some awful stink nearby that draws the raven, but the rest of the world seems fixed on the morbid too: a squirrel keeps pouring spruce cones down at me;
a gall-blighted butternut groans; the broadleafs wilt; there's a pair of toads at my feet that wheels have flattened side by side, like cartoon icons of failure;
mosquitoes strafe me, a mammoth dragonfly—one of the season's last—attacks a moth

so close to me I can hear the fatal click. The other day a son went off to college. His mother and I are quietly beside ourselves. We embrace each other harder now, and vow, as one vows, to love our children harder too. Though I hum to distract myself, the raven dives loud as gunfire through brush to its mess. I jump, but Carl doesn't seem to hear. I watch him limp

to his family's drive—then again that sure right angle. Like him, our family finds a virtue in order: we rise at six to eat our breakfasts together, then make a certain sandwich for one of the girls, a certain one for the other; we leave at seven; we gather the girls promptly at end of school. Carl opens his door and shuts it—click—behind him. It's after Labor Day, it's end-of-summer,

it’s another season upon us. Now he scolds me, that squirrel on his branch, his store of weapons gone. Why me, dumb brute? I haven’t done anything wrong,
I’ve got no grievance with him—not with anyone really. The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide. The wishing star is not enough to light the space around me while this bit of hymn from my schooldays plays, while daytime’s creatures crawl to cover,

and night ones, having no choice, confront the night.

Re: Sydney Lea
Posted by: Debutant (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 09, 2006 11:47AM

A story in verse to me.

Re: Sydney Lea
Posted by: Veronika (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 13, 2006 04:30PM

I went to the reading today. It was good. Most poems were as expected of the narrative type, but he has a very good voice and is quite a pleasant, charming person. And I must say that the poems don't sound as prosey as they appear on the page.

Re: Sydney Lea
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 13, 2006 04:32PM

Well, i would imagine....that it's the timing

Re: Sydney Lea
Posted by: Veronika (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 14, 2006 02:03PM

Timing is everything.

Even though time is an illusion.

Re: Sydney Lea
Posted by: JohnnySansCulo (192.168.128.---)
Date: March 14, 2006 03:21PM

"Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true." Marcel Proust

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