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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Reader's Diary #202- Dorothy Livesay: Ice Age (FINISHED)

I have a binder in which I copy favourite or interesting poems I've read. It's incomplete to say the least. Admittedly, I'm very slack in making additions. Too often the books are overdue at the library long before I've a chance to copy anything from them. Oddly, the most frequent times that I actually remember to make copies is when I come across poems best described as horror. Maybe my subconscious is putting together a Halloween Poem collection- the Eddie Munster in me, I guess.

The last poem in Ice Age will be added to the macabre lot. "The Survivor" is a deliciously creepy tale of a woman and a corpse after a plane has crashed. The predictable happens; the survivor turns to the corpse for...sustenance. And then the unpredictable happens; the survivor herself begins to freeze and is devoured by the corpse. While I suspect the poem has more to say about growing old and one's slow separation from an ailing, aging body, it's brilliantly horrific even on the surface level.

7 comments:

John Mutford said...

I've been informed that people are having trouble leaving comments. At least 4000 people or so actually. Anyway, I'm just checking it out...

Technical difficulties...Please stand by ;)

allison said...

Clicked over from Barbara's blog...I like the idea of a binder to house poems, or various stories. Works better the thousands of random papers I have all over the place!

That tale you described sounds very intriguing.

John Mutford said...

Yes Allison, it's great if you commit to it. Like anything I guess!

barbara b said...

Let's see if I can leave a lame comment finally

barbara b said...

Oh yay! I can comment, but now I have forgotten the clever pithy comment I've been trying to post forever.

John Mutford said...

Yay! Barbara's back!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks for the welcome! It's good to be home!