Monday, September 28, 2009
David Stone, Baltimore, MD, USA
under the el is a journey through the noisy and bustling, lonely yet crowded streets of Chicago, the sketches of the raw characters there, and a breeze of words as blustery as the air of the Windy City. Full of colorful, if abstract, language of setting and time, politics and history, law and ruin, under the el drags you through the tracks of the elevated trains on a sight-seeing discovery of the underworld and the normalcy, alike; one breath for the good, one breath for the bad, but always breathing. The poems weave utopian ideas and concrete figures into one poetic storytelling of Chicago life and how the pace of the Midwest city differs from Stone's current life on the East Coast.