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Tim Wood's Otherwise Known as Home Reviewed

Tim Wood's Otherwise Known as Home Reviewed


Tim Wood’s Collection is a Go…Going, Gone | 12.28.10

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by Matthew Daddona

Tim Wood’s words are consistent vehicles on the page, transporting language by way of its fanfare of diverse functions, modes and sounds.  In the first part of his new collection Otherwise Known as Home (BlazeVOX Books), Wood grants six lines to each poem, in which each line contains the same end rhyme and begins with the letter of the train he had taken on that particular day’s commute (Inevitably, the first line is always L, the second is either A, C, or E, and the last four denote the acronym for Long Island Rail Road).  The adverbial word use throughout the opening section signifies the lines as conscious of their cognition as eminent connectors to the transportation trope.  In the 4th poem, Wood writes:

Luckily, “the fall” is a metaphor for a pleasant change in weather,
Especially when you can’t help but descend there.  Whether
Lotto tickets glint gold, bronze, or green, the weather
Impresses us with its unpredictability.  Whether
Rain rejoices in puddles of its own making or whether
Ruinous clouds obscure an oracular sun, we always have weather.

The homophonic take on ‘weather’ and ‘whether’ is obvious, but perhaps what eludes is the reflective discourse on our relationship with weather, an inescapable fate it seems.  Wood’s meanings may be obscured by the syntactical freedom, but they are there.

You can see the full review here: http://indigestmag.com/blog/?p=6321   

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