Tuesday, March 31, 2009

darkness reviewed...

at The Time Garden:

March 27, 2009 11:40 AM) I have bragged before here about the little books coming from alternating current (go to alt.current.com). I stuck their beautiful black and white edition of A Sound to Drive Away the Coming Darkness by Christopher Cunningham into my jacket pocket the other day for something to read while waiting on Linda at the doctor's office. It's a lovely read. The grimness in the title is sustained throughout the poetry (from "struggling up"),

the weight of the air
threatens to
drown us

and it's no surprise to me that Cunningham's grimness turns out to be an advantageous poetic stance. It is honest as can be and intense, and it comes from a place that any human can find within herself. Because "sometimes / there is / music," grimness becomes the setting for brilliant moments of beauty, becomes the angle they can best be seen from. Look for the discarded soda can sculptures of motorcycles by the homeless vet in "the ride" for just one example.

Klyd Watkins


Blogger alt-current.com: said...

nice. :)

also, if you want a comprehensive list of all your reviews/exposure in one place, we chronicle them all for archival purposes here:


together for the revolution,

11:39 AM  
Blogger j.b said...

great review. i'm torn when people find out about those i already know about. i want to keep them to myself, being the selfish asshole i am, but i know that sharing is the right thing... :)

5:26 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

thanks jb, there's plenty to go around.

everyone can have a nice slice, with some ice cream and a cup of coffee on the side.

thanks leah for the comprehensive link...

4:30 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

oooh, i like ice cream.

5:26 PM  

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