A Map to Now

by Carl Adamshick
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Original, with tinges of Borges. I love the skillful rendering of its theme. The leap at the end to street names seem both specific and somehow generic, the way a body is not ours, the way even our names are temporary.

The 11/13 Smithsonian (p.35) has a photo from 1891 of Whitman and brief commentary by another poet. After reading "A Map to Now," Carl's vision provides me with a more acceptable perspective of his world, mine and Walt Whitman's as well. I think Whitman would be pleased by Carl's choice for the award. Well done!

Evocative...is it cliched to call it haunting? That underlying desperation...