A Chronicler Without a Path

NaPoWriMo, Day 21. After Michiko Kakutani.

writers
in
deeper jungles
turn
to
the downward spiral of
city
to
parable
another
way
And “A Flag for Sunrise”,
set abroad,
sometimes tipping over.

Tolu Oloruntoba,
11.23pm, April 21, 2015

Postscript:
An
erasure poem from Michiko Kakutani’s review of Robert Stone’s writing, titled, ‘A Chronicler Of an America Without a Path’, in the New York Times of January 12, 2015. A version of the story, with a different headline, can be found online here. Erasure poems, chiseling poetry from other text, can of course, veer dangerously close to nonsense, but their ability to mine poetic sentiment from the unexpected, make them worth the effort. In this case, Michiko Kakutani’s brilliant writing, formed an excellent base to begin with.

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