13 poems written between 1990-2021 by author, songwriter and playwright Mark SaFranko. A5 size. Printed on recycled paper. Limited to 30 copies.
Each one comes with a numbered, mini broadside, printed on high quality linen "kraft cappuccino" card.
Another short read I slipped into the month to keep the scoreboard ticking over in my yearly reading challenge - and a bit of a diversion for me - a wee collection of poetry.
I usually struggle with this medium as I lack the confidence to trust my instincts when trying to decipher meaning. I suppose at the end of the day, it means what I think it means and if that differs from the author's intention or someone else's comprehension, well big deal.
I'm a fan of Mark SaFranko's books, though I've not read as many as I should have. And I've enjoyed his short stories when I've come across them on the www. I've not listened to his music, or seen his acting in film, or until now read his poetry.
A baker's dozen here. All quite brief and concise.
THE SIMPLEST THOUGHT
THE BLACK VOID
THE REASON I QUIT DRINKING
A NEW YORK DOG
I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU
Mortality, economics, Capitalism, the nature of creativity, aging, unfulfilled ambitions and disappointment and a reconciliation, 21c fakery and pretension, memories, alcoholism and temperance, sunshine days and shiny women, lost youth and new found invisibility, Trumpism with rage vs indifference or more likely jaded resignation. All pretty much set in New York.
Food for thought.
Read - March, 2022
Published - 2021
Page count - 18
Source - purchased copy
Format - chapbook