A review of Mumbling Jack.
There is a voice in the wilderness of the worldwide web, the voice of a poet with the power to open worlds with words. John Mackenzie has released an album of poetry, Mumbling Jack, that brings together some of his older, published works with his latest poems.
What is most impressive about John Mackenzie’s writing is the arresting originality of his nature-based metaphors and the narrative force that binds these metaphors together. Mackenzie’s art imparts tales of everyday tragedy, such as “Lower the Boom” and “The Devil`s Bride,” with the dignity they deserve. His is a poetry of struggle in everyday life, in the natural world and, most poignantly, in the heart of the poet himself – the struggle with the limit of words in the face of limitless wonder and love, as evidenced in “What The Black Rook Said In Rainy Weather (a gloss on the Plath poem).”
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