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What is spoken is spoken on the exiting breath. Our meanings, Thank you, can ride the exhale. Throughout this long poem, grief is seen in the tension between sound and silence, motion and stasis, and in the existence or permeability of membranes between the living and the dead.
These membranes can be as treacherous as black ice, or as impassive as the framed picture through which a mother converses with her dead son. Elegy is difficult to define as a genre, encompassing registers of content, style and tone.
Did musicians regret the end of vinyl, and the halfway pause plotted into their albums for turning the record, starting the second side? Rereading this long poem is extremely rewarding; we become involved in a form of echolocation, making connections between allusive words and symbols, even as the poet and her brother are compared to whales using echolocation to find each other.
Symbol and sound are often presented through framing devices, encouraging us to dig deeper, and blurring our assurance of what can be heard from the deceased. Within those frames, sounds meaningfully directed at us become difficult to distinguish from noise pollution, as orcas strain to hear each other above the underwater acoustics of container ships.
Black ice, for example, comes to us as a newly-minted term through newscasters on TV, in a scene when William is only four years old: Occasionally, themes and tropes recurred more often than seem to me necessary or preferable.
The result of these surplus repetitions was an occasional sense of artificiality.
Repeated misattributions are disconcerting in any published work. The best elegiac writing invites readers into a loss that is both communal and personal, and journeys among divergent circumstances in its search for consolation or meaning.
Trailer Park Elegy achieves these effects as it voyages through time, place, method of travel, and memory, leaving us to question what kind of progress is possible after a great loss. Readers too are drawn into the exits and entries of this compelling work, retracing the routes it has mapped out, finding ourselves brought forward and stopped short.
We are grateful to Hoogland for bringing us to the trailer park: Her chapbook Biometrical was recently released by Anstruther Press. In addition to being a poet, Dr. She has taught mediaeval literature and poetics at Cambridge and UBC, and published several scholarly articles.BibMe Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard.
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