Lost by Chris Pannell
by Steven McCabe
Every street was Italian
the inks on my map blotched and ran
the motorways rose and fell like roller coasters
singing choruses from I Pagliacci.
German and English signs
had been broken and tossed aside.
Gargoyles on buildings dressed in suits
money managers amok
commandeered red double-deck buses from
their streetcar tracks.
I was driving a taxi full of hit-men
who were expecting me to get them quickly to
and to avoid the carabinieri.
Chris Pannell’s latest poetry book is A Nervous City (Wolsak and Wynn, 2013). This title recently won the Kerry Schooley Book Award from the Hamilton Arts Council. In 2010, his book Drive won the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize and the Arts Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year.
From 1993 to 2005 he ran the new writing workshop and published two anthologies of work by that group.
He has a book of poetry forthcoming in 2016 called How We Came to Pass. He is a former board member of the gritLIT Writers Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He hosts and helps organize the monthly Hamilton reading series Lit Live.
Thank you Pierre!
“. . .the inks on my map blotched and ran/the motorways rose and fell like roller coasters. . .”. Wonderful images.
Thank you mrsdaffodil. & interesting to see which of the words you gravitated to. Or gravitated to you.
Your post Steven, has carried me away to a foreign territory. Love the noir of the poetry which sets a certain rhythm. However it’s your images that have me traveling…but to where??? I’ve come to look forward to a reference to a recognizable cultural past in your images but this time the territory is deliciously unknown…even alien. And the saint’s holographic presence in contrast only adds to the mystery. My favorite part? That tendrilly plant (?) under the armpit of the humanoid. Love it!
Hello j.h.! Nice to see you again. It’s been a few months. Thank you so much for your introspective thoughts. Glad I can still surprise you! Yes the noir of the poem sent me sailing too!
So good to see you collaborating with Chris! As always art and words seamless beauty thanks for this!
Thank you very much Heather. Very glad you felt this way.
so nourishing to visit your magic again after so long Steven…and this dance with Chris Pannell is exquisite…happy to see you’re still conjuring…
Hi John, long time no see and glad to see you again also. Thank you very much for visiting the page and I’ll visit you!
prodigious blog, I’m following your magic tricks
Thank you very much.
Beautiful combination – love your final image, Steven.
Thank you very much Richard.
Hi Steven! How wonderful to sink into another of your brilliant collaborations.
Sensations of rain, fire, grit and veiled secrecy swirling in the images. And danger in the words.
Hope all is well in your world!
Hi Karen. Nice to see you and to hear your impressionistic description of the images and words. Thank you. All is well. And I wish the same for you!