- Part 2: Opening Poems
- Part 3: Boston Hones the Bostonian Style
- Part 4: The U-Turn
- Part 5: The Harvest
- Final Part: 6: Circling Back
For the voters of the Rhysling award, both "In the Darkened Hours" and "Confessions of a Body Thief" won the award while "Dark Rains Here and There" and "Pavane for a Cyber-Princess" were runner-ups. "The Lesions of Genetic Sin" placed third. This collection is up for the Bram Stoker award for best poetry collection and looks to be a strong contender.
What strikes me on rereading these is the remarkable road map of Boston's career, the main routes and subsequent detours. It not only made a U-turn but also circled back.
He opens with a surrealistic look at what his generation is concerned with, and later makes a break both in viewpoint and treatment. Along this dark road, he develops the Bostonian™ voice and, finally, uses that voice to reexamine the world from Boston's own surrealistic stance.
M. Wayne Miller beautifully illustrates the collection. A sampler (four long poems and accompanying illustrations) can be found here. I highly recommend it as it contains much of Boston's best work. I'll reread it again to see if I have more to add.
*Rereading the reviews was like running into a doppelganger--someone who could have been me but wasn't. The humor and length surprised me as my review methodology has changed since becoming a teacher: more "Get in and get out." Say what needs to be said and no more, but longer reviews have their pleasures.