D.B. Cox

Book Review for Blues: repetition of a blue bass line:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume IX Issue X

repetition of a blue bass line

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: repetition of a blue bass line

Author: D.B. Cox

Publisher: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 35

“How does it feel?
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone”
- from Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan

A brilliant rendition of the blues in Americana poetics, stories of the night street in rain under the Alegheny moon, repetition of a blue bass line by D.B. Cox and Subterranean Blue Poetry. D.B. Cox (poet, musician, soldier) is from South Carolina. He is a Marine Corps Veteran and has written five books of poetry.

This poetic offering exists in the long spaces of the painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper. Painted in 1942 during W.W. II a certain idea of alienation and shadowland, perfectly mirrored in repetition of a blue bass line. A soldier/Angel, rolling around the streets, amongst the ragged people, playing the blues in bars, writing into the night, the stories of shadowland. After the war, still living the war. An underlying theme of ended love affair, the poet pushes the bounds of post-modernist literature with the idea of paradise lost. The Beat of the bullet delivery crashes into the darkness, in lyrical rounds. Nightmares on the edge of violence, depression, the write is a considered truthtelling that shines in. Stories of lost and found, the in sync, out of sync rhythm of want and not rolls into poetics like a night of blues.

From searching for the door:

"sad eyes filled
with junk-sick rivers
she faces another night
made of waiting
swaying in place
staring back
over her shoulder
as if she’s searching
for the door
she came in through"

An original Beat progression, the work is iconic, in night moves, as if the poet walking through a rancid, decaying post-apocalypse cityscape is reciting poetry up to the nightsky. Stories of taxi cabs, street people, suicide, an old war, guitars, drunks and dance halls. The darkness is an imprint of hard edges rounded by the brilliant craft of the poet's pen.

From shades of ray
       - for Ray Charles

"dark shades of ray
swaying to fatback funk
& blue indigo - incognito
comping dirges so slow
the drummer’s lost
& looking for a tempo
sweet gospel
heal your soul"

The poetry is Kraftwerk, incredible spinning of language that creates the ambience of a nighclub with veiled lamplight, close, intimate, a night with a starlight friend. A fantastique New Age poetic jewel, repetition of a blue base line by D.B. Cox.

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