Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Review of "New years' morning" by Carl Adamshick

"New years' morning" by Carl Adamshick was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on New Year's morning 2014.  A link to the poem may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21373

Carl Adamshick (b. 1969) is the William Stafford Poet-in-Residence at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.  He won the Walt Whitman Award in 2010.  Additional biographical information may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/2021?utm_source=PAD%3A+New+years%27+morning+by+Carl+Adamshick&utm_campaign=poemaday_010114&utm_medium=email

I find Mr. Adamshick's seven-liner to be a bit on the esoteric side.  The opening lines describe, perhaps, waking up to the tune of a warped long-playing record on low volume after a long night of drunken madness.  The closing lines about the speaker's palms are an enigma.  The reference to pool-hall coasters may refer to where the speaker celebrated his New Year revelries.  Or not.  Yakety Yak.

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