Second collection from widely published Californian poet and pyschotherapist.
Publisher: Cinnamon Press
Number of pages: 80
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 6 mm
By turns raw, tender and humorous, Anything in Turquoise takes us on a lyrical and emotional journey. The journey begins with points east - Mongolia, from where 'Having failed and failed to grasp lessons/ about cultures in varying states of disrepair/ having walked away even sadder' we are moved to the Gobi desert; Vietnam where not only an American helicopter, but the poet is 'caught and pinned' and tourists 'one Oriental,/ one Caucasian; ...seem locked in contemplation of a common/ past; the hands of one the right age for rolling joints, releasing / Napalm, the other for hacking out tunnels.' and Cambodia, where a school-turned-Khmer Rouge prison holds 'a single framed image/ for each grisly death, galleries/ or portraits ... half a holocaust / under my feet.' Moving West we are caught in 'Hurricanes and other Storms', 'the tilted headstones and bones left by Katrina ... they know how to bury their dead.' before finding ourselves in California where a slippery past intrudes on the present and the poet's mother is sharpening 'her Semitic tongue' to 'lacerate the soul-less goyem' before 'lurching towards incarceration, divorce,/ death.' Finally we find ourselves 'Elsewhere' - places from Sweden to a road near Koronova; find ourselves back in time among cave people, in the company of Jackson Pollock repainting the cave until we stand, 'blinded / by this orgy of naked colour, already pining for our past.' -- Publisher: Cinnamon Press