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Scoop Review of Books' review of Mark Young's PELICAN DREAMING: Poems 1959-2008 starts out promisingly (though I say that mostly because, for some reason, it made me snort out a laugh):
Mark Young is an enigmatic figure in the history of New Zealand literature.
I like enigmatic peeps -- they usually make Moi grin. Anyway, click HERE FOR THE ENTIRE REVIEW by Scott Hamilton; here's an excerpt:
Whether he is wandering over Grafton Bridge or lying down in a seedy flat, Young perceives the microcosmos around him in a manner that is both sensuous and objective. Despite his eye for detail, he is never short-sighted: he can appreciate the connections between the little world around him and the rest of the universe. A poem called ‘The Distances’ shows Young’s ability to balance the familiar and the faraway:
I am a believer
in the miracle of shortwave. Quito,
Ecuador or Radio Peking. The NHK
or the VOA. Pop or propaganda –
you have your choice amongst the
electronic music of the night ether.
Caught in its web, I am a Columbus
searching for new countries, turning
the dial slowly, hoping to hear
station identification through the static
This is 1 a.m. Auckland;
a time of dead houses, where only
the streetlamps perforate the darkness.
But in Australia it is
11 p.m. E.S.T., & in Cairo
it is eight hours earlier. To turn
the dial is to turn back the clock.
1 a.m. Auckland. The night is just beginning.
With their peculiar combination of super-localism and internationalism, poems like ‘The Distances’ sidestep the terms of the long-winded debates about nationalism and regionalism...
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