The Nervous Filaments

David Dodd Lee, Author . Four Way $15.95 (83p) ISBN 978-1-884800-05-4

Lee's fourth book is hard to interpret, but hard to ignore: “a priest shouldn't have a tattoo of Darth Vader,” the title poem remarks, before depicting “little silver penguins holding trays.” Exclamatory, vivid, bizarre, and sometimes redolent of the surrealists, Lee's single-line stanzas and sentence fragments suggest a life impossible to sustain, a set of emotions and recollections unmoored from any life story that might serve as guide: “They shredded the moon again she said about the falling snow.” Lee remains conscious of region and locale (“just think of the Midwest/ as a giant Nativity Scene”): yet his ambitions, and his targets, seem to take in almost everything he can see. A style that some readers find disorienting will seem to others all too familiar; it's not clear whether his disorienting style is really anything new. And yet Lee's sharp way with single images, single sentences, almost convulsively fleeting visions, should not be denied. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 02/22/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
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