The curiosities and explorations of this poem from Claudia Carlon’s debut collection are central to the book—a poetic Bildungsroman, if you will, in which a young speaker’s nascent sexuality (and other important rites of passage) must navigate into the mixed messages and mysterious metaphors of the adult world. The poem is less about sex education as it is about the creativity and resilience of the young, and how during puberty we shape a context even for the most surprising of encounters. In this case, with the literature of fetishism, steamy romance novels, and pornography. Ah, memories.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Rigoberto Gonzalez put the "Wednesday Shout Out" spotlight on The Elephant House today! Click on excerpt below, which presents Gonzalez's take on my poem "Case Studies," for the whole blog post. Comments on the poem are most welcome: