Heart X-rays: A Modern Epic Poem— A Midwest Book Review

Heart X-rays: A Modern Epic Poem

By Djelloul Marbrook
Midwest Book Review
October 2019

Heart X-rays offers sequence of poems, if read as cantos, that tackle the emotional and technological entanglements of our times in the “epic” fashion, in poems titled: “Street Scene,” “Charlestown” (after the church shooting there), “Soul Kitchen,” “Game On,” and “Exit the Gift Shop.” The authority of the high lonesome is present here – the authority of Nashville, which lies in witness. These poems are the heart in the act of witness. The authors, in a demonstration of democratic commitment making no distinction as to who wrote which poem, reveal to us the cutting edge, the real news of our society as opposed to the white noise of our society which we call news in our surrender to corporate myth-making. Recommended.

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