These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination... Rabindranath Tagore

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past...F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
On the way to the river are the old dormitories, used for something else now, with their fairy-tale turrets, painted white and gold and blue. When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
--from Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Night in Hell

A Night In Hell cover

Jacko is a reporter with a
Tainted reputation
Launching into yesterday's news with a
Healthy dob of skepticism
And some 

Meeting the echoes of
Yesterday's war in a
Village cemetery

Meeting their context of
Gunfire and
Muddy footprints

Unable to leave one of
His own

Meeting the voices

Hearing their tragedy
Their cursed
Blackened windows and
Closed doors

But he did
Inadvertently manage
To unsmear 
Some window 
To open 
Some door

To bring
Lost voices



A night in hellA night in hell by Liam Foxx
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The scenario was intriguing! The ingredients of World War I, a cemetery, the Somme village and a reporter seeking to mend a damaged reputation all waited to be ignited into a reality cloaked in mystery. But somehow the war got in the way. Descriptive detail of old action sounded a little too like many war stories! And the reporter paled back into an inhibited observer. Perhaps that was the author's intention. But somehow the drive of the story seems frayed at the edges and the conclusion doesn't really rescue the original purpose. Perhaps the story spiked with war action may suit male readers more than female.


Brian Miller said...

and when you bring enough voices together...or allow others to peek in and see the reality...maybe then change will know...

Fred Rutherford said...

Really enjoy the images here, each gives a definitive sense of place, excellently crafted. The ending of the coming together, is really put together:) well

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