Book Review for camera obscura:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VII Issue VIII


Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: camera obscura

Author: Claudia Coutu Radmore

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2019

Pages: 30

"From the inside room when the front room greeting
Becomes your special book, it was simple then
When the party lulls, if we fall by the side
I still like you, can you remember?"
- from Camera by R.E.M.

camera obscura is an exciting symbolist poetic narrative, a truthtelling in often startling broken imagery by Claudia Coutu Radmore and above/ground press. Claudia Coutu Radmore (Poet, Artist, Teacher) was born in Montreal. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University, Kingston and writes in lyric, Tanka and Haiku forms. She is the owner/editor at Bondi Press and the President of Haiku Canada.

This poetry Chapbook is a series of poems, an art installation of something is wrong, a dance with light and shadow. The poetry spirals as a series of run on thoughts without punctuation, a poetic narrative, each image more fantastical than the next, a dance with sardonica. The broken thought train and dislocated images implies violence. The images vary from "mad science" (gene therapy, molecules, slides under microscopes) to blistered nature fusions, that, at their best are strikingly beautiful in bang light imagery. The wild images bud like a fantastical story, often haunted, a truthtelling in symbols, a certain Dadaist form. In the background is a discourse on the broken love as war N.A., an exploration of the fragility of our love lives and false power constructs that ache.

From if you've ever been there and left

". . . relationships beware these people armed
and dangerous they have houses cars careers
pensions a voice like forty dried peas
rattling in a can or Auden's glacier knocking
in the cupboard Ken and Barbie we may be
plastic but our love is real if you've ever
been there and left it's a long way back to"

An original form, with the occasional new word construct, the last poem is a spoiler and draws the entire work into focus. A brilliant write, camera obscura by Claudia Coutu Radmore.

Available at above/ground press.

Subterranean Blue Poetry

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