Lolita Revisited and Other Poems is an exquisite example of contemporary and erotic poetry. Dave English “an exiled Poet in Central France” is writing of his real or
imagined lovers, exploring the mythos of man as Poet. The title mentions Lolita, the classic book by Vladimir Nabokov about a middle aged English professor obsessed
with a 12 year old Dolores Haze whom he secretly calls Lolita, they become sexually involved after he becomes her stepfather. The title suggests he is recounting a love
affair with a younger woman after the affair is over, amongst other travels. It appears to be a chapbook, his first book of poetry.
“Postcard Dream” begins “ A postcard/Modigliani nude/invites/my thoughts to/wander back/to the ever so/light touch/ of her/ fingers as . . . “Her lips soft/and/inviting/ whispering the night/away, banishing/dark clouds for/hours and I,/as if in a dream/discovered her unveiled youth as I/hid my head/between her breasts,/forgetting . . .” “Modigliani Bis” continues with “Stretched out/on/green and purple/sheets,/her nudity,/an invitation/to other times,/other pleasures/now safely under/lock and key . . . “the smile that/said,/Its over./I turned the card/and read,/from your old friend/something I knew,/she would/always/be.” As if he has received a postcard remembrance from his ex-lover and compares her to the perfect smooth figures, particularly the long oval white beautiful faces, of women in the works of renowned Italian painter Modigliani. In “Lolita Revisited” “Summer rain/soaking through/the/cotton dress,/revealing/each and/every/youthful curve./I watched, curtains/slightly drawn/and/stole them,/for other days,/other/lonely nights/as she danced/through the/sun kissed/rain . . . “ it is the quiet worship of love, the lover. “Running Away” “Leave me my dreams,” “Leave me my memories” “Leave me the look,” “Leave me love,/so that/one of/these cold/star/nights,/I/might/love/again.” As if weaving the loss into light, through repetition and creating a beautiful cadence, also found in “That Sometime Thing”. “Square Beds and Torment” “then her smile/as she’s/released./The silence as/two doves/settle/a tear,/ quickly wiped/away/the morning,/breaking and/entering before/our last/goodbye.” “Smile” “That adolescent smile/haunting my/thoughts/The invitation,/that here youthful body/ proposed/Her thighs/white/in sunlight/on/a grass too green,/my hands/hesitating . . . “So/this is where/hell/begins/I/whispered .. “ “A Truthful Lie” “The silent prayer/ issued from/before/inciting/the trembling/being/to/scream/for release . . . “ “Leaving/our breath/hanging on/deaths/wish/we/disappear/with the/night.” The poetry rhymes subtly and indiscriminately like the craft of contemporary literature.
As if a voyeur, someone looking in on the hedonism and abandon of youth, the delicate sophistication of the British elite. The work reminds me of the classic erotica of The Pearl, first an underground magazine, later published as a book from Victorian England. Quiet soft porn in an Old World setting featuring prose, poetry and anecdotes. Yet, the poetry – “A Day in Class” “The flow of words held me/in suspence/as her body described/another conversation.” And “Modem Heartbeats” “An angel cried/as broken hearts/gathered round/linking their despair/to hers/’connect failure’/then the silence/as night finally/gave way/to day.” The passion of the poetry flies as if without real consciousness of the war economy and the enciting of war in the broken covenant, as if lost in some other universe, before the birth of time. Perhaps a flight of fantasy in some world without karmic consequence, the soul of the lover dreams, a first work that shows promise, a wonderful read for a rainy Summer night.
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Genre: Poetry, New Age