He left clues in the paintings. The longer you look at them the odder they seem. That single cloud casting a shadow on the mountain was the reason for everything. It is no coincidence the trees are bigger than the cathedrals. It was important that the people floated on the pitch lake, dressed in white and carrying parasols. He wanted to capture the terrible space which only bamboo can make.
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“In lyrics of ringing clarity and strange precision, Flynn conjures a will to survive, the buoyant motion towards love which is sometimes all that saves us” - Mark Doty
"I just wanted to push these poems into places I wasn't expecting to go" - Jacob Polley
This poem was published in The Poetry Review, winter issue, 2016. You can find out more about this issue, and buy a copy, online.
"A poem is a Carnival costume. Sometimes the costume is skimpy and reveals the poet. Sometimes there is a lot of fabric and embellishment. Always, the body’s movement must be discernible. There must be a human being beneath. Otherwise, you’re pulling a float as a donkey might pull a cart. (Which is okay if you’re from Brazil, but not ideal for Trinidad and Tobago revellers.)" Read more as Andre Bagoo explores what's Behind the Poem....
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