Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review of Vigor Mortis by C. W. Johnson

Vigor Mortis by C. W. Johnson appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Goblin Fruit.  In this interesting and original prose-poem (which somehow wiggled by the editors whose guidelines claim that they do not publish prose-poems), a mother of two children periodically dies, is buried, and then rises from the grave to carry on as though nothing unusual happened--at least for the first three quarters of the poem.  The poem ends ambiguously, deliberately so no doubt, with death as a metaphor for the bitterness and waste of life that often follows divorce.

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