Last Man In by Richard Emil Braun

Last Man In by Richard Emil Braun

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"These poems are narrative and multivocal; they could be radiophonic, but varied strophic forms ( pulses) give them a solidly textual aspect.  A main voice relays in solos an ensemble of other voices.  All the voices are telling stories, while the main voice vividly complicates the threads of story into clusters of hallucinatory images.  Narrative line and imaginative volume, alternating in a zigzag antiphony, disclose the essential scene: a Mexican jail.  From it the actual world outside is only glimpsed on occasion: but in it the voices - Spanish, Anglo, or hybrid - are constantly prising fresh 'cells' open to startle their hardbitten denizens out: words or convicts..." - Christopher Middleton

Jargon Society 1990