Publisher: Rain Mountain Press; First edition (June 2, 2014)
Reviewed by g emil reutter
Paul B. Roth is a narrative poet who lives in the shadows. Existence is a challenge for this haunted poet who accepts what comes his way.
In spite of your head still held between your hands, all windows
disappear upon opening your eyes. You no longer need wait for what’s not
coming, nor for anyone to say you no longer exist.
Roth writes, “In the future, you’ll take your darkness elsewhere” An irony captured in one line from the poem Low Detection. He is a poet of maggots, hangnails, willows, of absent heartbeats. He is an expert on absent dreams and of light turning into dark loneliness.
The poet says, “Who passes by who doesn’t notice you, who never notices you or comes for you.”
His short narratives are constructed well, held together in images reflecting the dark and lonely side of life. These laments in Long Way Back to the End will bring you into the light and shadows of life, some you may recognize, and some you may fear.
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-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. (USA) http://gereutter.wordpress.com/