Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review of "Radar Data #12" by Lytton Smith

"Radar Data #12" by Lytton Smith, a teacher at Plymouth University, was offered by Poet.org's Poem-A-Day on October 10, 2013.  A link to the poem may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23713?utm_source=PAD%3A+Radar+Data+%2312+by+Lytton+Smith&utm_campaign=poemaday_101013&utm_medium=email

The poem consists of ten stanzas of three lines each.  The first seven stanzas describe darkness, or at least the absence of light, in various ways.

The poet introduces himself into his poem in the final three stanzas by use of the pronoun "I" in the second line of the seventh stanza.  He muses that bad times will eventually end, and that the past, once it has occurred, can never occur again.  The poet ends enigmatically, perhaps trying to make sense of the unobtainable and incomprehensible, by using an error on a radar screen as a metaphor for reality.  Beep.

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