Thursday, March 11, 2010

David Dodd Lee - The Nervous Filaments

David Dodd Lee’s The Nervous Filaments is just out. I’ve known about this book awhile, and I’ve been waiting for it eagerly. So now here it is in my hot little hands. My little pink paddy-paws. It's excellent. It's really, really good. I'm wonderfully envious of the gesture, the sketch-like surety of it.

Here are a couple poems to illustrate:


Here is your
story, in my

horizonless competence,

a nevertheless fine
kettle of


I could see ambulance spelled

I could see the eels spilling
out of the horse’s head

a crawdad sits in a cold
pool importantly praying

(cumulous nimbus)

and here is your

coming from a different direction

a couple of shaved ideas



You were born with a moral sense

which is why they dry colored leaves
swirling in autumn
bring tears

one by one they burdened the enormous blocks
closer and closer to heaven

a wick of blood for your name

you can see it in the bubbles in this rum and Coke

I only felt a peculiar sense it was something
like an island, the Cape

the softest murdering
reason has invented

the way the arm breaks off

buried in the ocean floor

the sound of money
reproducing itself
in a vault under carpet in the northwestern-most


They have a floor but no eyes

you boil them alive

who wouldn’t have a nervous breakdown


At 3/11/2010 1:23 PM, Blogger Gary L. McDowell said...

Oh my. Yes. I just got this the other day, too. Read it in one sitting, completely absorbed. Such a new style for David, too. Mesmerizing stuff. He's reading in Kalamazoo with Mary Ann Samyn this Saturday...will be cool to hear him read from this book.

At 3/11/2010 5:47 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Hi Gary,

Yeah, I'm very happy for him. He's a friend of mine, so I have a bias, but, even so, he has several more books coming out this year (!), all of which are different from the others and excellent.

It's the year of David Dodd Lee!

At 3/16/2010 1:32 PM, Blogger Neil Kelly said...

Yeah, that David Dodd Lee is a pretty good dude.

At 4/15/2010 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

blithering nonsense, AGAIN

At 7/21/2010 7:50 AM, Anonymous viagra online said...

I think that those nervous filaments are a really odd stuff, even though they are onto our heads, but they just look so disgusting.


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