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HUMAN-CARRYING FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY Reviewed on The Pedestal magazine


Human-Carrying Flight Technology
Christopher Shipman
ISBN: 9781609640811

Reviewed by: Cindy Hochman

My mother groaned, my father wept,
Into the dangerous world I leapt;
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

Struggling in my father's hands,
Striving against my swaddling bands,
Bound and weary, I thought best
To sulk upon my mother's breast.

—William Blake, “Infant Sorrow”

          Like that of the brooding Blakean baby, birth in Christopher Shipman’s impressive collection of poetry is not heralded with balloons and cigars; the newborn protagonist, both hunted and haunted, has already learned to embrace the dark side. The opening poem, “At birth,” foreshadows a desperate attempt to recapture whatever vestige of idyllic childhood can be found strewn amid the ashes, but these fragments of blood-tinged memory are steeped in violence as much as nostalgia. From the outset, normalcy is turned on its head as the poet tussles with a host of opposing forces: cold versus warmth, bright yellow sun versus dark black clouds; reality versus dream-state, and, ultimately, the living versus the undead.

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