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Train Dance
Jonathan Wells

Four Way
2011 • 76 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-14-7

“I could / Carry myself like a tune / Into the chorus of the city.”

Train Dance adopts the rhythm and return of the commute through the Hudson Valley into Manhattan as a motif for the echoes of memory and event that contour a life. Reflecting on the place of poetry amid the urban hustle—a way one might “Carry myself like a tune/ Into the chorus of the city”—Wells records a series of linked journeys in which a son comes to understands his mother’s death and writing engraves events in memory, retaining events as locations—station stops, as it were—to which one returns.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Trains both real and ghostly populate the city that pulses though the exquisite poems of this collection, a city actual and dreamscape both.”—David St. John

“Each word lined up, steaming, shimmering, tilting through smoke and tinsel, signal towers, ‘shingled light’…Train Dance transports the reader to destinations ‘higher than the minds of the stars’ geometers’.”—Dorianne Laux

From the Book:

On My Lips

When she kisses me good night
I think of the kisses not given;
unborn children, white paper,
an ocean promenade of possibility.

The kisses unmade make a poem.
Where else do they belong
if not on my lips.

JONATHAN WELLS works as an editor in New York.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:07:29 -0500