Saturday, May 04, 2013
Go to the Pine: Quoddy Journals 2005-2010 Mark Pawlak
Go to the Pine:
Quoddy Journals 2005-2010
by Mark Pawlak
Copyright © 2012 by Mark Pawlak
47 pages, softbound, $15
Review by Zvi A. Sesling
Two years ago New Directions issued a book edited by Jeffrey Yang entitled Birds, Beasts and Seas, Nature Poems from New Directions. Had Mark Pawlak’s Go to the Pine: Quoddy Journals 2005-2010 appeared there is no doubt at least one of the poems in his book would have been included.
Pawlak’s poems are more than just poems, they are paintings a verbal presentation of what an artist would perceive when painting in oils or watercolors. For example, the opening poem, 31:VII:05 is something so visual, that you are certain you have seen the scene before:
"White-haired, middle-aged woman dressed in black jersey, black jeans, black rubber boots, combing among stubbly pilings of a gone Eastport wharf at low tide, her yellow Labrador retriever leading the way. Aged dragger moored to rusty red buoy off-shore; hull drab green, cabin, white—both badly in need of fresh paint. Lone sailboat plying wind-riffled waters of the bay: white hull, white mast, puffed white jib. Boxy houses, white-sided with black roofs, (but for one roof that’s brick red), perch on stilts on rocky ledges up and down the shore. Farther east Camp(o)bello(o) Island, a furzy line drawn with sprucy-gray crayon; silvery arch of the International Bridge, Bay of "Fundy beyond."