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Owens, Elisabeth, R. (ed.) / Encore: more of parallel press poets
(2006)

Cantrell, Charles
Green fuse,   pp. 12-13


Page 13

 
Poet's Statement 
At first blush I note "Green Fuse" is somewhat like many of the
poems in Cicatrix-in 
manner, matter, and mode. A narrative presents the speaker and mother, father
or both 
in a tense situation, whose denouement may be ambiguously unresolved. Unlike
most of 
the poems in my chapbook, this one is, I think, more expansive; it encompasses
a wider 
world. I'm going to pretend the poem isn't mine; as a reader I might ask:
what does this 
poem say about drinking, about poverty, about parental love? What does it
say about a 
teenage boy involved with sexual awakening when that becomes more acute and
mysteri- 
ous with the Thomas poem? And what do the final lines say about a boy who
fumbles 
forward, with his ambivalent and fragile connection to his father? 
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