Book Review for Television Poems:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume X Issue III



. . . 13 more songs the radio won’t play . . .



Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: . . . 13 more songs the radio won’t play . . .

Author: Stan Rogal

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 30


“If you ooze masculinity, like some of us do, you have no reason to fear pink.”
- dialogue from Alfie (movie)


Late into the night someone listening to the record machine, writing through the bones of an ended marriage, Be bop and post-modernist street beat poetry . . . 13 more songs the radio won’t play . . . by Stan Rogal and above/ground press. Rogal (poet, writer, actor, playwright) lives and works in Toronto. He has earned an MA from York University. He is the author of 26 books of poetry, short stories and novels. He has authored 6 Chapbooks with above/ground press.

After the apocalypse, themes of classic rock’n roll music and ended love affair, perhaps somewhere rides the carousel, a truthtelling of underground violence couched in neoclassical images. A post Beat take on contemporary Leonard Cohen with London street beat breaking. Influences of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, the golden age of rock’n roll music and the hedonism bred into that lost broken world. A protest, a celebration in voice, a blistered presentation of what is. This poetry sings.

In first person narrative, occasionally including lines from old rock’n roll songs, a woven running thought train. Sometimes cadence is created by repeating sets of lines, through the work and at the end of the poem.

From “Pretty in Pink”:

“the morning wets its lips
seemingly sexless but occasionally violent
after the cigarettes, the beer, the wake-up calls
it’s late, the bell has sounded . . .”

The centrepiece, a beautiful incarnation of John Lennon and The Beatles, [& yr bird can sing] – a compilation, explores the presentation of the said Beatles song by his contemporaries with brilliant poetics.

An idea of the poet and his life, this Chapbook is a window, is considered and constructs the inside, the historicity of the lost times at the end of the 20th century in N.A. Rogal is an icon of Canadian poetics, . . . 13 more songs the radio won’t play . . . by Stan Rogal.

Available @ above/ground press.





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