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The Angel: The Journey of the Oracle.

byline: Reprint from Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title: The Angel

Author: Rebecca Anne Banks

Publisher: Tea at Tympani Lane Records,

Date of Publication: 2013

Page Count: 124 pages

The Angel is a work of quiet genius. This book of poetry a modern love dialectic rings of the Gothic Cathedral, the struggle of the birth into the New Age. Inspired by The Muse, the Archangel Gabriel and the angel statue “The Eye” by David Altmejd the poems write as if taking the reader on the journey of the Oracle, a dialogue of the sacred and the profane. The book of poems features a photo installation of “The Eye” angel statue by Victor Tangermann, the photographs riveting. The statue is absolutely engaging, one cannot resist the compulsion to walk around it and snap photographs. “The Eye” statue, the hollow space in the chest, the hands caressing the face, a treatise on love and as if the tattered, beautiful angel was a casualty from a war zone, artistically a marvel.

The poetry is the idea of a love affair within the dialectic of the Old World, love in the time of war. As if the Poet is in dialogue with a fallen angel, possibly an archangel, The Angel, who as he travels the apocalypse becomes redeemed (whether the love affair is redeemed remains in question, possibly a testament to the tumultuous times). It is the idea of the Angel as a person of the street, “street angel heart” an object of worship “he carries the quiet as he sits by the street the Buddha one . . . “ as if everyman is an eloquent beggar before the Lord. In the backdrop of great turmoil, the setting is of a haunted inner city of decaying infrastructure and grey stone saved by images of angels, sunlight, forest, sky and rain. Borrowing from Neo-classical archetypes, the cult of nature, the idea of man as fallible and in search of God there is a reference to Hamlet by the Poet William Shakespeare. And although there is a casual rhyme schemata, occasionally you can find an original rhyming couplet at the end of a poem aka Shakespeare.

There is also a passing reference to T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland (that in turn was influenced by Dante Alighieri’s Inferno) with the idea of journey through the desert/hell and a hidden dialectic of war, a battle between good and evil. As if in The Angel, there is a struggle between damnation and redemption, the fallen angel and the love affair with the Poet –“the ring of gold, blue sky cathedral in the rain.” The poem is also influenced by Biblical allusions of the New Testament and particularly Revelations. The 21st century bead drawn on style, with the short truncated lines and occasional rhyming owes itself to the influence of the Beat Poets and the post-moderns. A truly powerful book of love poems set in the times of the apocalypse calling us to a better understanding of the song of the Holy Spirit, the song of love. “The Eye” statue has one arm that is bare straifed, like a mecano, possibly alluding to the machine of the Industrial Economy. The Angel, representative of the blasphemy of the Machine Age with atomic weapons and 2 World Wars, the war economy and the violence of the heart away from the light, star-crossed lovers in exile, passing into the New Age of Imagine Peace through the magic of the Internet and the rediscovery of the tenets of the Holy Spirit, it is the rediscovery of love itself.

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Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature

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