Memory and Rain Jim Natal

ISBN: 9781597091367

Published: February 15th 2009

Paperback

104 pages


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Memory and Rain  by  Jim Natal

Memory and Rain by Jim Natal
February 15th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 104 pages | ISBN: 9781597091367 | 4.26 Mb

Memory and Rain is first an evocation of place, and of how exterior landscape affects and shapes interior landscape. Then the collection goes deeper with an exploration of how the facets of memory—some crystalline and some surreal, some painful inMoreMemory and Rain is first an evocation of place, and of how exterior landscape affects and shapes interior landscape.

Then the collection goes deeper with an exploration of how the facets of memory—some crystalline and some surreal, some painful in the clarity of hindsight and some wryly humorous, some selective and some beyond conscious control—coalesce into a life story that morphs with introspection, then inevitably fades. Memory and Rain is bookended by two extended sequences bridged by such pivotal poems as the Pushcart Prize-nominated “Three Fates” and “Photographic Memory,” “The Missing Scene: He Speaks Again to the Ghost of His Father,” and the title poem.

The book’s opening sequence, “Rain in L.A.,” features a speaker literally and figuratively forced inside by a seemingly unending series of storms. His life becomes a series of vignettes of self-examination interwoven with montages of noir films, a soundtrack of jazz and blues, and a running commentary on the quirks and natural splendors of Los Angeles observed with a poet’s eye. “In Memory of Her Memory,” the final crown of poems, deals with the author’s experience of watching his mother descend into the abyss of Alzheimer’s, dead to him even as she is alive.

Reflective and ultimately redemptive, Memory and Rain challenges readers to ask themselves what in their lives is of substance and what is “just music in winter air—not even there. It’s not even there.”



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