Tollbooth Review from way back and Van Gogh’s crows

This was posted a while back but thought I’d mention it here…..Matthew J. Hall a poet who has been in a previous issue of The Idiom wrote up a lil review of our novel Tollbooth His other blog posts are great too about literary things he’s reading and more….

The Current Issue of The Idiom Volume 9 Issue 1 is now available on our website!  You can flip through the Magazine if it shows up on your computer or click on Volume 9 issue1 to download a PDF to your mobile device and tablets….damn we’re fancy….

In this issue the poet, Christopher Mulrooney sent us some poems and we chose his piece, Van Gogh’s crows

the symbolism is expressed in the brushwork of a few seconds etc.
a flick of the wrist and it’s done
not the dull cowboys at the bright supermarket
signifying where the posse is laid ambush for
in Yuma territory or thereabouts
or the girlish echoes of a ghost town in the West entirely imaginary
birds of night closing in on the day at the start
When I see a poem about art I tend to turn it into some type of ars poetica and even though this piece isn’t about writing I take the situation of Van Gogh and his painting and turn it into some kind of epic poem about the poets own writing….or maybe it’s just easier for me to relate as a writer and see all art as some kind of universal machine and make it all relatable in my mind…..
but whatever it is I loved the epic first line about symbolism that dwindles into a simple “etc.” at the end….obviously I am a huge fan of the ellipses, and etc. can be considered the lettered form of the punctuation mark….
That etc. is also kinda shown visually in the Van Gogh painting … as our eyes are drawn to it at the end of the first line in the painting we are drawn to the crows rising up to the sky and slowly dwindling off.  In the painting we are surrounded by a very “dramatic, cloudy sky” almost as dramatic as the “dull cowboys at the bright supermarket” to the “girlish echoes of a ghost town” and the other images that make up the poem….
Do you agree?  What else do you like or not like about this piece….let me know in the comments below…
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