Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Poets and Poems: S.R. Jakobi and “Antiques & Curios”

It’s not exactly rare, but it is a bit unusual these days to find an entire poetry collection built around a single story. The last one I recall reading is The Long Take by Robin Robertson, some 20 months ago. That was a genre-bending work of fiction, poetry, and crime story that defied classification. 

Antiques & Curios: Fragments of a Love Affair by S.R. Jakobi is clearly a poetry collection in the conventional sense, but its 96 poems center on one event: a love affair between an older man and a younger woman, work colleagues who almost accidentally stumble into and fall for each other. The poems tell a single, usually chronological story of the relationship – how it begins, develops, matures, deteriorates, and eventually ends. Except it doesn’t end, not really, carried on in memory for decades.

To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.

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